The 2021 NBA All-Star game is just a few days away. Before players pack up and head to Atlanta, Georgia, for the weekend to participate, the two team captains, Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James and Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant, participated in a draft on Thursday night to get the teams together.
Over the last few seasons, the Philadelphia 76ers have been represented by Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid in the All-Star game. And every time they played in the big game, the Sixers stars faced off against each other.
This season, the situation is no different. During Thursday's draft, Embiid came off the board before Simmons as he was voted in as a starter. The Sixers' big man got selected as the No. 4 overall pick.
Only Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brooklyn Nets' Kyrie Irving, and Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry were selected before Embiid. The veteran center ended up on Team Durant and will link with his head coach, Doc Rivers, who will coach the squad.
As for Simmons, he didn't get selected until the second round as he got voted in as a reserve. To really nobody's surprise, Simmons was selected by Team LeBron. Two years ago, James traded for Simmons, and last season he drafted the Sixers' star.
This year, LeBron snagged Ben Simmons once again by making him the 13th pick. The reserves selected before Simmons were Nets' James Harden, Portland Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard, and Phoenix Suns' Devin Booker.
Embiid and Simmons will face off against one another on Sunday. The NBA has the tip-off scheduled for 8:00 PM EST.