Simmons, Mitchell and young National Basketball Association phenoms set for Rising Stars

Simmons, Mitchell and young National Basketball Association phenoms set for Rising Stars

Joel Embiid has chose to participate in the Rising Stars game, the Skills Challenge and the NBA All-Star Game here during the NBA All-Star Weekend.

Embiid will be going up against Spencer Dinwiddie (Nets), Al Horford (Celtics), Lauri Markkanen (Bulls), Buddy Hield (Kings), Jamal Murray (Nuggets), Andre Drummond (Pistons) and Lou Williams (Clippers). I feel bad because I never said it was her.

Embiid - who only played eight minutes in Friday night's game - will participate in Saturday's Skills Challenge and Sunday night's All-Star Game, and there will be a Media Day event for the All-Stars on Saturday afternoon. The World team absolutely crushed the U.S. team, 155-124 and led by as much as 39 points in the fourth quarter.

Through 44 games, Embiid is averaging 43.1 FanDuel points across 31.4 minutes per game this season.

The Indiana Pacers' Domantas Sabonis played in the game two decades after his father, Lithuanian centre Arvydas Sabonis played in a Rising Stars match.

He is one of the frontrunners for the Rookie of the Year Award but is getting some strong competition from Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell.

Despite the impressive start, Simmons said the comparisons to those National Basketball Association legends was "surreal" and believes he's only scratching the surface of his potential. "So all the other accolades and awards will come in time if I do my job".

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"My goal is to get to the playoffs", Simmons said when asked about the rookie award.

He did say he hopes to eventually become of the top players in the league.

"So I kind of shut all that out and just said I'm here to contribute to my team in any way that I can and help in any way that I can", he said. The game's best players such as James, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Steph Curry and Giannis Antetokounmpo, not the first-year guys, inspire him.

"I told them whenever they get the ball to shoot", he said.

Mitchell has confidence that Simmons will likely be the first in the bunch to make an All-Star game.

"I'm grounded. I have a big family", he said. LeBron didn't make it, guys like that. I think the last one was Blake [Griffin]. "So I know he trusts me and has faith in me, and for myself I know I definitely trust and believe in myself".

"It's obviously one of those things that I wanted to be in it, but it didn't happen and we move on".

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