The NBA announced the rest of the lineup for this season’s All-Star Game in New Orleans, but no one from the Philadelphia 76ers made the roster. Though Evan Turner and Michael Carter-Williams appear to have the best chance from the Sixers their dismal record hasn’t helped.
Perhaps they didn’t do enough to grab the league’s attention, but the biggest reason is their 15-23 record. The other Eastern Conference reserves are all on teams currently in playoff position.
Reserves are usually selected based on a team’s record so Turner and Carter-Williams would have no opportunity to play in the big game on Feb. 16. An exception was Kevin Love a few seasons ago.
Carter-Williams headlines the Rising Stars Challenge during All-Star Weekend. He will be teaming with fellow rookies and second-year players during the game featuring the league’s younger players.
Turner is among the leading candidates for most improved player while Carter-Williams is the odds-on favorite to win Rookie of the Year. Turner leads the Sixers in scoring averaging 18.2 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game. Carter-Williams leads rookies in most categories by averaging 17.2 points, 6.6 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 2.33 steals per game.
Neither player has been a marquee name in the NBA. The other Sixers players haven’t really been quite as productive as Turner and Carter-Williams.
The Sixers are in rebuilding mode and appear to be one of the league’s favorites to win the upcoming NBA Lottery. While missing an All-Star game seems like a disappointment the break should give the Sixers an opportunity to rest and prepare for the second half of the season.