When the All-Star rosters initially came out, there was plenty of outrage over Devin Booker not being on the team. Fortunately for the Phoenix Suns guard, he’ll be taking Damian Lillard’s spot this weekend in Chicago.
Lillard will not compete in the All-Star Game due to a groin injury. The NBA has chosen Booker to be his replacement, which makes sense considering he was the biggest snub from the Western Conference.
Booker is averaging 26.4 points and 6.3 assists per game this season. He’ll now have the chance to play alongside other great NBA players, including three-time NBA champion LeBron James.
Since the All-Star Game is led by two team captains, Booker will play on Team LeBron. Earlier this afternoon, James sent a message to his newest teammate on Twitter, saying “Well deserved G!”
— LeBron James (@KingJames) February 13, 2020
James thrives with elite shooters around him, which bodes well for this weekend.
Losing an elite guard like Lillard does slightly sting for Team LeBron, but there’s no doubt that Booker is a worthy replacement.
Not only will James have a great shooter in Booker on his team for the All-Star Game, he’ll be joined by Anthony Davis, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard and Luka Doncic.
Tipoff for the All-Star Game is at 8 p.m. ET from the United Center.