Australian-born Philadelphia 76ers phenom Ben Simmons is having an incredible season, and Labor MP Tim Watts made his "outrage" with Simmons' NBA All-Star Game snub known this week while speaking at parliament.
Simmons has been overlooked for an All-Star invite six times in recent weeks as players pulled out with injuries and National Basketball Association coaches and the league's commissioner, Adam Silver, instead went with veteran players as replacements.
The league announced Thursday Walker has been named Kristaps Porzingis' injury replacement after the Knicks' center suffered a torn ACL in Tuesday's matchup with the Bucks.
Simmons is likely the favorite in the Rookie of the Year race after missing the entire 2016-17 season due to injury.
"I think he deserves it, he has been playing well the whole season, and he has been a beast lately".
Not only was Simmons not among the original 12 players selected for the Eastern Conference All-Star team, but he was passed over three more times.
No rookie since Blake Griffin in 2011 has played in the annual marquee game.
Watts listed Simmons' achievements in his National Basketball Association rookie year before taking aim at Miami's Goran Dragic - the player who took the last open slot due to an injury to Cleveland's Kevin Love.
As for Simmons, he put in a star turn in his most recent game - against the Washington Wizards - dropping 15 points, eight assists, six rebounds, three steals and a block as the 76ers scored a 115-102 win.
National Basketball Association coaches first overlooked Simmons when they went with veteran Washington Wizards guards John Wall and Bradley Beal, the Indiana Pacers' Victor Oladipo and the Toronto Raptors' Kyle Lowry.