Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker was chosen by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver on Wednesday to replace injured Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis on the NBA All-Star team, the league announced.
The move comes a day after Booker was not chosen as a reserve by league coaches, stirring a backlash from supporters on social media that he was snubbed.
The decision by Silver mark’s the second consecutive year Booker was named to the All-Star team as an injury replacement. He replaced Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard in 2020. Davis will miss this year’s game while recovering from a calf injury.
Booker is averaging a team-high 24.7 points per game with 4.3 assists and 3.8 rebounds, while shooting 50.1% from the field (a career high), 38.1% from 3-point range and 84.8% from the free throw line in 26 games this season.
Booker will join Suns point guard Chris Paul, who was chosen as a reserve from the Western Conference.
The last time the Suns had two players on an All-Star team was the 2009-10 season, when Steve Nash and Amar’e Stoudemire were selected.