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Devin Booker of Phoenix Suns Picked to Replace Lillard for NBA All-Star Game

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Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns’ guard, has been picked to be an NBA All-Star in 2020.

Devin Booker of Phoenix Suns Picked to Replace Lillard for NBA All-Star Game
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On Thursday, the NBA announced that the fifth-year would make his debut All-Star appearance on Sunday as a replacement for injured Portland Trail Blazers guard, Damian Lillard, who suffered an injury on the groin on Wednesday. The pick was made by Commissioner Adam Silver, who had to choose a player from the Western Conference to replace Lillard.

Meanwhile, Devin Booker has been selected to replace Lillard in the three-point contest. 98.7 FM Arizona’ Sports Station reporter, John Gambadoro announced the invite and acceptance of Booker to the game.

So this weekend, Booker is expected in the festivities in Chicago. He will join Team LeBron, coached by Lakers’ Anthony Davis, Rockets’ James Harden, Mavericks’ Luka Doncic, and Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard.

Besides, it worthy to point the role Lillard played in getting Booker onboard. He did some PR work for Booker after he sustained an injury the Wednesday’s game. Lillard names the Suns guard as an appropriate replacement for him as he discussed the unlikelihood of his appearance in the next game.

Lillard told reporters after the last game with the Blazers’ on Wednesday, “Unfortunately, I had to be the fall guy.” “Hopefully, Devin Booker or somebody like that will get the spot.”

With confidence repositioned on Booker as a worthy replacement, Adam Silver’s approval sealed the choice.

Booker, the Suns’ guard wad widely seen as a snub when the All-Star reserve announcement was made on January 30, 2020, Lillard, Chris Paul, Donovan Mitchel, and Russel Westbrook were picked as the perimeter reserves for the Western Conference. Booker was averaging 27.1 points with 6.4 assists per game at the time while shooting 51% from the field.

About two weeks later, he average went to 26.4, and 6.3 assist each game on 49.6% shooting.

However, after Wednesday’s win of the Suns over the Golden State Warriors, Booker planned on staying the week-plus off resting with his family, but this announcement has changed that plan.

Booker had said after the last game” “That’s on everybody else. I don’t get my hopes up.” “…go home with my family, sit down… plan is to take off tomorrow morning to my off-the-grid destination, so we’ll see.”

He is going to be the first Phoenix representative in the All-Star contest after the last point guard, Steve Nash made it to the team in 2012. He is coming off the bench with Sixers point-forward Ben Simmons, Pacers big man Domantas Sabonis, Thunder’s Paul, Westbrook of the Rockets, Celtics wing Jayson Tatum and Nuggets center Nikola Jokic. The All-Star contest is billed to start on Sunday, by 4 p.m.

However, the three-point contest will take place on Saturday. Booker will be facing Davis Bertans of the Wizards, the Nets’ Joe Harris, Hornets’ Devonte’ Graham, the Heat’s Duncan Robinson, the Kings’ Buddy Hield, the Hawks’ Trae Young, and the Bulls’ Zach LaVine.