With Kobe Bryant’s leg injury forcing him to sit out this year’s All-Star game, new commissioner Adam Silver has selected hometown hero Anthony Davis to his first All-Star team, while Suns’ centre Miles Plumlee will replace the injured Pero Antic in the Rising Stars Challenge.
Davis, the first overall pick in 2012, is having a breakout season in his second year. The Pelicans’ big man is averaging 20.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game, while shooting 51.8 percent from the floor and 76.6 from the free throw line.
Davis fought out some stiff competition in the Western Conference to earn his first selection. Kings’ centre DeMarcus Cousins, Suns’ guard Goran Dragić, Grizzlies’ guard Mike Conley and Nuggets’ guard Ty Lawson can all consider themselves unlucky to not get the call up, but fans in New Orleans will be ecstatic to see their franchise star joining the star-studded All-Star rosters.
Meanwhile, an ankle injury will force Hawks’ forward Pero Antic to sit out this year’s Rising Stars Challenge, replacing him will be Suns’ centre Miles Plumlee.
After being traded from the Indiana Pacers (where he scored 13 points and grabbed 22 rebounds in total during his rookie year), the former Duke Blue Devil is now averaging 9.3 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game for a surprising Suns team that is in the thick of the playoffs race in the West with a 29-20 record.