Devin Booker Named To 2020 All-Star Game As Injury Replacement

  • Devin Booker Named To 2020 All-Star Game As Injury Replacement

Devin Booker Named To 2020 All-Star Game As Injury Replacement

Booker, a career 35.5 percent three-point shooter, previously won the Three-Point Contest at 2018 NBA All-Star weekend in Los Angeles.

Yet the Suns guard might suddenly need to change his travel itinerary to Chicago, a destination very much on the National Basketball Association map this weekend.

The NBA announced on Friday that Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker will replace Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard in the 2020 NBA All-Star Game. If selected over other West contenders such as Ja Morant and Paul George, it will be Booker's first All-Star selection and first for.

Honestly, I was more excited to see Lillard rap than play in the All-Star game or compete in the 3-point contest. The 23-year old, now in his fifth season, had never earned All Star honors until this year, and it took an injury for him to get the nod.

On Wednesday, Lillard personally advocated for Booker to serve as his replacement, according to The Athletic's Jason Quick. His 26.4 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 6.3 assists per game continue to be a difference-maker for the 22-33 Suns, who have already eclipsed their win mark from last season.