Anthony Davis selected to replace injured Kobe Bryant in 2014 NBA All-Star Game

Published: February 7, 2014

After originally missing the cut, New Orleans Pelicans big man Anthony Davis has been added to the Western Conference all-star team, replacing injured Lakers guard Kobe Bryant. The 20 year old Davis has averaged 20.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 3.3 blocks, & just 1.8 turnovers per game this season – unprecedented numbers for anyone, not just for a 20 year old – and becomes one of only eight NBA players to be named as an all-star before turning 21. It is worth noting that per Howard Beck of the New York Times, Anthony Davis originally received more votes from NBA coaches than any other player who did not make the all-star team (in other words, he was next in line). It should not be seen as a coincidence that this announcement was made just hours before the Pelicans tip off at home against the Minnesota Timberwolves in a nationally televised game on ESPN.

Many thanks to new NBA commissioner Adam Silver for doing the right thing, and many congratulations to Anthony Davis on his first (of many) all-star selection!


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