Kemba Walker picked to replace Kristaps Porzingis in NBA All-Star game

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Yesterday, the Cleveland Cavaliers were unable to produce a trade that would pry Kemba Walker away from the Charlotte Hornets and pair him up with LeBron James, but The King will still get a chance to play on the same team as him in the 2018 NBA All-Star game.

Earlier this week, Kristaps Porzingis of the New York Knicks suffered a torn his ACL in his left knee which will require surgery, placing him on the shelf for the rest of the season. He picked up the injury when he landed awkwardly after going up for a dunk against the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night.

Porzingis was scheduled to be a member of Team LeBron in the All-Star game next weekend at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, but due to his injury, he will not be able to play. This is the fourth player on Team LeBron that has had to be replaced due to injury after injuries to New Orleans Pelicans' DeMarcus Cousins, Cavaliers' Kevin Love, and Washington Wizards' John Wall. 

Cousins, Love, and Wall were replaced by Oklahoma City Thunder's Paul George, Miami Heat's Goran Dragic, and Detroit Pistons' Andre Drummond respectively, and now Walker has been announced by the NBA to be joining Team LeBron to be Porzingis' replacement, according to ESPN.

This will be the Hornets star's second appearance in the All-Star game after appearing in last year's game, and he deserves the spot as well as he is averaging 22.6 points, 5.8 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game this season.

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Once again though, many fans will be annoyed that Ben Simmons hasn't been announced for the All-Star game after having an incredible season so far for the Philadelphia 76ers. He has averaged 16 points, seven rebounds and seven assists per game this season.

Simmons is averaging more rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks than Walker and he has a similar size to Porzingis, so he would have been an ideal replacement for the Knicks star, but the NBA has decided to go with the Hornets star instead.

Fingers crossed this doesn't happen, as you never want to see players pick up injuries, but if another player was to be injured and had to miss the game next weekend, Simmons should definitely be the next player which the NBA announces for the game as a replacement.

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