Kemba Walker to replace Kristaps Porzingis in 2018 NBA All-Star Game

NEW YORK NY- JANUARY 31 Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers looks down the court in the third quarter against the Brooklyn Nets during their game at Barclays Center

NEW YORK NY- JANUARY 31 Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers looks down the court in the third quarter against the Brooklyn Nets during their game at Barclays Center

Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker has been named by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to replace injured New York Knicks forward/center Kristaps Porzingis on Team LeBron in the 2018 NBA All-Star Game, which will be played on Sunday, Feb. 18 at Staples Center in Los Angeles (8 p.m. ET; TNT/ESPN Radio). It marks the second-consecutive NBA All-Star selection for Walker, who replaces the injured Kristaps Porzingis on Team LeBron.

It has also been announced that Drummond will take Porzingis' place in the All-Star Skills Challenge.

Simmons is averaging more rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, dwarfs Walker's shooting efficiency by almost 10 points. He ranks ninth in the Eastern Conference in scoring and sixth among guards, trailing only Boston's Kyrie Irving among point guards. He also ranks ninth in the National Basketball Association in three-pointers made with 141. This will be his second straight All-Star Game appearance.

Ben Simmons has been snubbed yet again
Ben Simmons has been snubbed yet again

The Cavs landed Jordan Clarkson from the Lakers on Thursday ahead of the NBA Trade Deadline, and he now looks to be Cleveland's solution at point guard for not only the rest of this season but for the foreseeable future.

The 6-1 Walker has scored at least 40 points in a game three times this season, one of eight National Basketball Association players to do so. In the future, the National Basketball Association should consider waiting until All-Star weekend to pick the squads and maybe the captains should have a say in replacements.

But it was not enough for coaches to select the rookie in the original team for the match on February 19 (AEDT).

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