Here it is, mates! Ben Simmons, born in Fitzroy, raised in Newcastle, is officially the first Australian to become an NBA All-Star (non-Kyrie Irving division).

Simmons scored his debut All-Star berth as part of the Eastern Conference reserves squad, after “missing out” (read: getting absolutely trounced in the votes) on a starting spot last week.

Simmons joins a pool of reserves from the Eastern Conference that includes the likes of Victor OladipoKyle LowryBlake GriffinKhris MiddletonBradley Beal, and Nikola Vucevic.

Meanwhile over on the Western Conference, Russell WestbrookAnthony DavisNikola JokicDamian LillardKlay ThompsonLaMarcus Aldridge, and Karl-Anthony Townes round out a significantly more star-studded reserve pool.

This follows on from last week’s announcement of the 2019 All-Star starters, which featured Kemba WalkerKyrie IrvingKawhi LeonardGiannis Antetokounmpo, and Joel Embiid from the East, and Stephen CurryJames HardenKevin Durant, Paul George, and LeBron James from the West.

James and Antetokounmpo, as the respective leading vote getters, will conduct a schoolyard pick from those pools to determine the two team squads for this year’s NBA All-Star Game, which is scheduled to take place on Monday, February 18th Australian time.

So there you bloody go.

Ben Simmons.

Melbourne born and raised.

NBA All-Star.

Absolutely get around him.

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