Posted February 07, 2014

Anthony Davis replaces injured Kobe Bryant on West roster for All-Star Game

2014 All-Star Weekend, Anthony Davis, Ben Golliver, Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Pelicans
Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis (right) has been named to the All-Star Game. (Layne Mudoch/NBAE/Getty Images)

The NBA announced Friday that Pelicans forward Anthony Davis will serve as the injury replacement for Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, who was selected by the fans as a Western Conference starter in the 2014 All-Star Game in New Orleans.

Davis, 20, is averaging 20.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, a league-leading 3.3 blocks, 1.5 steals and 1.4 assists per game this season. Davis’s PER of 26.7 ranks No. 5 overall in the league, and he was The Point Forward’s choice for the West’s top snub. He beat out the likes of Suns guard Goran Dragic, Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, and Grizzlies guard Mike Conley for the final All-Star spot.

Bryant, 35, received more than 988,000 votes from the fans, second-most among West backcourt players, even though he has played just six games this season due to injury. Bryant didn’t make his season debut until Dec. 8 because of an Achilles injury, and he suffered a knee injury that has sidelined him since Dec. 17. Bryant will be reevaluated after the All-Star break and there’s no clear timetable for his return.

While NBA commissioner Adam Silver is tasked with selecting the roster replacement for injured players, the decision on who starts in Bryant’s place will be left to the West’s head coach, Oklahoma City’s Scott Brooks.

Brooks can select from the following list of reserves, regardless of position, to fill Bryant’s spot: Davis, LaMarcus Aldridge (Blazers), James Harden (Rockets), Dwight Howard (Rockets), Damian Lillard (Blazers), Dirk Nowitzki (Mavericks), Tony Parker (Spurs), and Chris Paul (Clippers).

Davis, the No. 1 pick in the 2012 draft, joins a select list of players who have achieved All-Star status before turning 21. That list includes: Magic Johnson, Isiah Thomas, Shaquille O’Neal, Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. Still an NBA “sophomore,” Davis will also be participating in the Rising Stars Challenge at All-Star Weekend.

Here’s a rundown of the updated All-Star Game rosters, with known starters designated in italics.

Eastern ConferenceKyrie Irving (Cavaliers), Dwyane Wade (Heat), LeBron James (Heat), Paul George (Pacers), Carmelo Anthony (Knicks), Chris Bosh (Heat), DeMar DeRozan (Raptors), Roy Hibbert (Pacers), Joe Johnson (Nets), Paul Millsap (Hawks), Joakim Noah (Bulls) and John Wall (Wizards)

Western ConferenceStephen Curry (Warriors), Kevin Durant (Thunder), Blake Griffin (Clippers), Kevin Love (Timberwolves), LaMarcus Aldridge (Trail Blazers), Anthony Davis (Pelicans), James Harden (Rockets), Dwight Howard (Rockets), Damian Lillard (Trail Blazers), Dirk Nowitzki (Mavericks), Tony Parker (Spurs) and Chris Paul (Clippers)

9 comments
jacoblee23
jacoblee23

I think Lee or Duncan should've replaced Kobe.

sportsGuy12
sportsGuy12

makes sense, the game is in New Orleans

Marsh the Great
Marsh the Great

Davis is definitely deserving but it seems weird that they didn't replace Kobe with another guard. I don't know I'd say Goran Dragic is more deserving the the Brow but he at least plays a backcourt position like Kobe. I don't think the decision is wrong or right, just weird. Then again, Davis's star power is much greater than Dragic and that was probably a big factor. I wouldn't wish injury on another player but in the case that one does occur before the end of next week, you would have to think that Dragic is the next man up. He's certainly earned it.

Joe R2
Joe R2

The fact that Kobe was on the roster to begin with is an absolute joke.

DSM
DSM

Tim Duncan has earned it

malgus
malgus

Goran Dragic was robbed

tomy12
tomy12

@Joe R2 fans voted for him, so majority of the people would disagree with you (*i did not vote for kobe on my ballot)

Marsh the Great
Marsh the Great

@DSM not more than Davis. Duncan has had a very solid year (as usual) but Davis has statistically outperformed him pretty much everywhere except assists. Part of that is due to the disparity in minutes (Davis averages about 7 more minutes a game than the super-veteran Duncan) but Davis' higher PER (26.7 to Duncan's 22.4) and EWA (10.9 to 7.4) suggest that he's having a better, more impactful season than Duncan, who is plenty good regardless of whether he's an All-Star (something he's been 14 times before) or not.