Published: Thu, February 01, 2018
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John Wall out for All-Star game. Will Dragic be his replacement?

John Wall out for All-Star game. Will Dragic be his replacement?

Adam Silver selected Andre Drummond as the injury replacement for John Wall, who's going to miss the All-Star Game while recovering from knee surgery.

Both things have come under some amount of criticism.

Still, Drummond deserves his spot on Team LeBron, and while Brown has been impressive in his second National Basketball Association season, he hasn't yet earned his All-Star stripes (he will be playing in the Future Stars game during All-Star weekend).

Simmons' main competition for that final All-Star roster spot appears to be Heat point guard Goran Dragic and Hornets PG Kemba Walker.

Simmons is averaging 16.6 points, 7.9 rebounds and 7.3 assists this season, making a srtrong case for Rookie of the Year honours.

After missing out on initial selection despite a high fan vote, Simmons' hopes of becoming the first Australian All-Star have again been dashed after being overlooked for Detroit centre Drummond.

Brown, in his second season with Boston, is also having an impressive season.

Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) puts up his arms before the game against the Washington Wizards at The Palace of Auburn Hills. The 27-year-old point guard is averaging just 19.4 points, 9.3 assists, and 1.3 steals per game with a 51.1 percent True Shooting Percentage, all numbers that have fallen from his career year last season.

No Eastern Conference team seeded No. 4 or higher at the time of All-Star Game has gone without a selection since the 1993 New Jersey Nets.

It's likely Silver will act quickly in extending an invitation to another player to replace Love. The All-Star Game might turn out to be more like like the All-Star replacements vs. the original All-Stars than Team LeBron vs. Team Steph Curry.

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