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Sixers’ Joel Embiid reveals how he plans to guard Ben Simmons in All-Star Game

Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Sixers

Philadelphia 76ers teammates Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons will face each other on Sunday; the Sixers teammates were picked on opposite teams for the 2020 NBA All-Star Game.

Embiid was the first pick for Team Giannis while Simmons was selected 10 picks later by Team LeBron. As teammates on the Sixers, it’s safe to say that both players know each other’s games pretty well. As a result, Embiid knows exactly what he needs to do when matched up with Simmons.

Simmons is, of course, often criticized for his lack of shooting prowess. In his three seasons with the Sixers, Simmons has made just two of his 23 three-point attempts. Doing most of his damage in the paint, making Simmons shoot is an obvious strategy.

Still, Simmons is making his second All-Star appearance in three years and is averaging 16.9 points, 8.3 assists, 7.9 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game.

As for Embiid, the 25-year-old big man is making his third All-Star appearance and third in the last three seasons.

For the season, Embiid is putting up 22.9 points, 11.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.4 blocks per game while shooting 47.8 percent from the field and 33.6 percent from deep.

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