Pistons' Andre Drummond replaces injured John Wall of Wizards for All-Star Game

Lawrence Cooper
February 3, 2018

Even prior to the addition of Drummond one prominent player from the Western Conference weighed in on who he thought should replace Wall.

Washington Wizards all-star point guard John Wall is expected to miss 6-8 weeks due to a knee procedure, according to Washington Post's Candace Buckner.

Drummond will take his place on LeBron James' team for the match at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles.

Although the news is certainly terrible for Wall and the Wizards, one lucky player who fell just short of an All-Star bid will now receive the honor.

This season, the 24-year-old center for Detroit is averaging 14.8 points, a league-leading 15.3 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.4 blocks.

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This season, only three players have stats that reach those per game plateaus: Simmons, Cleveland's LeBron James and Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook.

Consider the rarity of Simmons' season: Only one rookie in National Basketball Association history has averaged at least 16 points, 7.5 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 1.5 steals per game.

On Tuesday, before the choice was announced, Chris Haynes tweeted that Draymond Green endorsed Brown as an All-Star, which he quote tweeted with the eyes and ear of rice emojis. Those players were Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers and Jaylen Brown of the Boston Celtics. He's improved his biggest weakness, hitting 63 percent on free throws - an increase of more than 23 percentage points over last season. The trade is viewed by some as a weird fit, while others think that Drummond made it into the All-Star Game at the expense of players who deserved it more.

Newly acquired Pistons forward Blake Griffin tweeted out his congratulations for Drummond.

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