It didn’t take long for NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to pick his All-Star replacement for Demarcus Cousins. He has chosen Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George to participate in the exhibition match.
Oklahoma City Thunder forward @Yg_Trece has been named by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to replace injured Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins on #TeamLeBron in the 2018 #NBAAllStar Game. pic.twitter.com/FpL6qC8iXs
— 2018 NBA All-Star (@NBAAllStar) January 28, 2018
George will be on Team LeBron. He joins Thunder teammate Russell Westbrook, who recently said it was “outrageous” that George was not part of the initially released lineups. He barely missed out though. Among Western Conference players who were not named as All-Star reserves, the 6-foot-9 forward earned the highest voting points from NBA head coaches.
Playing in his first season with the Thunder, George is averaging 21.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.17 steals, and a career-high 42.6 percent from three-point range.
“Obviously, I would have wanted to make it under a better circumstance,” George commented about his selection. “But needless to say, I’m happy… I’m grateful for this opportunity.”
This will be George’s fifth All-Star appearance in his NBA career. It is also the third consecutive year that he is part of the annual festivities.
Now, team captain LeBron James will have to decide who among his reserves will start in lieu of Cousins.
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