NBA: Pelican playmaker Davis replaces Kobe in All-Star Game
NEW YORK (AFP) - New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis was named on Friday by NBA commissioner Adam Silver to replace injured Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant in next week's 63rd NBA All-Star Game.
Davis, a member of the US gold medal team at the 2012 London Olympics, will make his first appearance at the annual showdown of elite talent in his team's home arena when the Eastern and Western Conference squads meet on February 16.
Davis, 20, is averaging 20.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and an NBA-best 3.3 blocked shots over 40 games for the Pelicans.
Despite playing only six games this season because of a fractured left knee, Bryant was voted into a starting spot in the All-Star Game by NBA fans.