Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker has been selected to replace injured Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis in the NBA All-Star Game.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver chose Booker to take Davis’ spot a day after Booker was snubbed by the league’s head coaches for a reserve spot in the March 8 game in Atlanta.
Davis, voted in as a reserve, is sidelined with a strained right calf.
Booker received his second straight All-Star selection, both as an injury replacement. He’s averaging 24.7 points, 4.3 assists, 3.8 rebounds and shooting a career-high 50.1% from the field.
Following the unveiling of the All-Star reserves on Wednesday, a number of NBA players and fans were left stunned after Booker’s name wasn’t included.
The current process of NBA All-Star selection is: The starters for the match are voted on by fans, who count for 50 per cent, while players and media split the final 50 per cent of voting.
The All-Star reserves list, which was revealed yesterday and was at the centre of heated debate, is decided upon by the league’s coaches.
LA Laker superstar LeBron James, who was crowned last year’s NBA Finals MVP, led an outpouring of criticism directed at those who opted to snub the Pheonix guard.
“Devin Booker is the most disrespected player in our league!!!! Simple as that,” James tweeted.
– with AP