Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans and John Wall of the Washington Wizards were selected as starters for the NBA All-Star Game, while DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings will make his first appearance as a reserve for the West squad. Davis will not be able to play in the game, however, due to a recent shoulder injury.
Nerlens Noel, in his first season with the Philadelphia 76ers after sitting out last year recovering from knee surgery, was selected to play in the Rising Stars Challenge. The Milwaukee Bucks’ Brandon Knight, who just narrowly missed being selected to the main event, will participate in the Skills Challenge.
Noel (8.2 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.7 bpg) will play in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Knight (17.8 ppg, 5.4 apg, 4.3 rpg) will participate in the Skills Challenge on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. ET. The event also includes the Three-Point Contest, Slam Dunk Contest and Shooting Stars competition.
The 64th annual NBA All-Star game will be played Sunday at 8:30 p.m. ET at Madison Square Garden and broadcast on TNT. Davis (24.5 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 2.7 bpg, 1.7 apg, 1.5 spg) would have been the youngest starter (21) in this year’s game. He led the West frontcourt in fan voting with 1,369,911 votes. Only Golden State’s Steph Curry and Cleveland’s LeBron James received more votes.
Wall (17.4 ppg, 10.1 apg, 4.5 rpg) is the league leader in assists. He’ll start at the point for the East squad after receiving the most votes among backcourt players (886,368) in that conference.
Cousins (23.8 ppg, 12.5 rpg, 3.3 apg) was selected for his first career All-Star Game appearance after replacing injured Kobe Bryant on the West roster. He has logged 33 double-doubles this season, second in the NBA.