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Devin Booker replacing Damian Lillard in All-Star game, 3-point contest

Announcing an injury that’d sideline him for the All-Star game, Damian Lillard suggested Devin Booker as a replacement.

Adam Silver listened.

NBA release:

“Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker has been named by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to replace injured Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard on Team LeBron in the 2020 NBA All-Star Game”

Booker will also replace Lillard in the 3-point contest.

Booker should have been an All-Star in the first place. He’d tell you, too.

Now, the young guard gets his first All-Star appearance. It’s deserved recognition for a talented scorer who has made major strides fitting into a better team system. The Suns still have a long way to go, but Booker is driving their rise.

Fortunately for everyone involved, Booker – the top snub – played in Lillard’s Western Conference and is also a good 3-point shooter. By rule, the replacement must come from the same conference as the injured player, even though All-Star teams are no longer divided by conference. Booker, who won the 3-point contest in 2018, can also easily slide into that event without another player changing his All-Star break plans.