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NBA Announces James Harden's All-Star Game Replacement

Brooklyn Nets stars Kevin Durant and James Harden stand together.

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - FEBRUARY 17: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets and teammate Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors and Team LeBron watch on from the bench during the NBA All-Star game as part of the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend at Spectrum Center on February 17, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

The NBA All-Star Game is this weekend and Philadelphia 76ers guard James Harden was recently voted to his 10th appearance in the game. But with an injury keeping Harden off the court, the NBA has found his replacement.

On Monday the NBA announced that Cleveland Cavaliers center Jarrett Allen will replace James Harden in the All-Star Game. This will be Allen's first All-Star Game appearance.

Allen is enjoying a career year in his first full season with the Cavaliers. He is averaging 16.2 points, 11.1 rebounds and two assists per game - all career highs.

Ironically, Allen joined the Cavs as part of the three-way deal that initially sent Harden to the Brooklyn Nets last year. Harden took his roster spot in Brooklyn, now Allen is taking Harden's spot in the All-Star Game.

As for James Harden, he has yet to make his debut for the Philadelphia 76ers since that epic trade late last week. Harden has played in just two games since January 26 due to a hamstring injury.

Prior to the injury, Harden wasn't even having one of his usual incredible seasons anyway. He's been averaging 22.5 points per game - his lowest total in a season since the 2011-12 season.

When Harden mends, maybe the 76ers will finally have the elite shooting guard that they hoped Ben Simmons would be.

For now though, Harden's recovery is the top priority for the 76ers as they try to get back to the playoffs.