Dirk Nowitzki, Dwyane Wade Named Special 2019 All-Star Additions

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Ben Simmons has been named an NBA All-Star.

"Dirk Nowitzki and Dwyane Wade embody the best of the National Basketball Association: remarkable skill, drive and professionalism as well as a deep devotion to strengthening their communities and growing the game around the world", Silver said. Silver added Wade and Nowitzki as a 13th player to each active All-Star Game roster, which usually carries 12 players.

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It's an achievement finally broken through by the 22-year-old Simmons, whose Philadelphia team is now third in the Eastern Conference standings with a 33-18 record.

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Dwyane Wade is going to the NBA All-Star Game after all. "There's a lot of guys that get their first chance to be All-Stars, and if they deserve it then they deserve it and they should have those spots".

The bench players announced on Thursday were selected by coaches.

Andrew Bogut was considered Australia's first realistic chance when he became the country's inaugural No.1 overall draft pick in 2005, but injuries cruelled his progression and his highest individual honour was a place in the season-ending All-NBA third team in 2010, while he also won a title with Golden State in 2015.

Nowitzki has career averages of 21.0 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists a game for the Mavericks and ranks as the team's all-time leader in points, rebounds and blocked shots. The first round will find James and Antetokounmpo selecting from the pool of starters, the second round will include the 14 All-Star reserves, and the newly added third round will feature Wade and Nowitzki.

The addition of Wade means the Heat will be represented during All-Star Weekend.

The only time Miami has been completely shut out of All-Star weekend since 2000 was in 2017.