NBA All-Star Game: Suns’ Devin Booker replaces injured Damian Lillard

Tanya Simon
February 15, 2020

The NBA announced on Friday that Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker will replace Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard in the 2020 NBA All-Star Game.

Booker will play for Team LeBron, filling in for the injured Damian Lillard. The former Kentucky star won the event in 2018.

Lillard said he hopes it is someone deserving and mentioned the Suns' Devin Booker by name. He and Washington's Bradley Beal were, until Thursday morning, the only two scorers in the league's top 10 to not be picked for the All-Star team. Booker and Lillard both play for Western Conference teams.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver gets to pick who replaces Lillard in the All-Star Game (and 3-point contest).

Morant is averaging 17.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and 7.1 assists this season.

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The starters for the NBA All-Star game are chosen through a combination of fan, player and coaches votes. This marks the fifth-year pro's first appearance in the star-studded affair.

Although the Suns remain among the bottom feeders out West, Booker is now averaging 26.4 points to go along with 6.3 assists and 4.2 rebounds per night.

Lillard had been enjoying one of the best offensive stretches of his career, averaging 37.9 points and 9.2 assists through his past 12 games.

The All-Star Game format is also changing. The score will be reset after the first and second quarters, then the scores from the first three quarters will be restored and added up to begin the fourth.

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