The NBA announced today Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker has been named by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to replace injured Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis in the 2021 NBA All-Star Game, which will be played at State Farm Arena in Atlanta on Sunday, March 7.
This is Booker’s second consecutive All-Star selection, the first two of his career, and he joins teammate Chris Paul to give the Suns two All-Stars this season. This marks the first time that the Suns have had multiple players selected as All-Stars in the same season since 2010 when Steve Nash and Amar’e Stoudemire both earned the distinction. Booker’s selection is the 65th All-Star nod all-time for the Suns.
In his All-Star Game debut last season, Booker scored six points in 19 minutes while teaming with Paul on Team LeBron in Chicago.
The Suns hold the NBA’s fourth-best record as their 20-10 start is the team’s best through 30 games since 2007-08. Booker leads the team by averaging 24.7 points per game and is currently shooting a career-high 50.1% from the field. Among Western Conference guards making at least half their field goals, no one is averaging more points than Booker.
The All-Star Game rosters will be determined through the NBA All-Star Draft, where team captains Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets and LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers will select from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves in each conference. TNT will air the NBA All-Star Draft on Thursday, March 4 at 6 p.m. MT.
The 70th NBA All-Star Game is part of NBA All-Star 2021, which will be held on one night, March 7. TNT’s NBA All-Star coverage will begin at 3 p.m. MT with TNT NBA Tip-Off, followed by the Skills Challenge and 3-Point Contest starting at 4:30 p.m. MT. Coverage of the NBA All-Star Game will begin at 6 p.m. MT, with Slam Dunk taking place at halftime.
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