Drummond added to All-Star game in place of injured Wall

Jonathan Hernandez
February 3, 2018

According to National Basketball Association rules, when an All-Star is unable to participate, the commissioner shall choose a replacement from the same conference as the player who is being replaced.

Silver instead chose a frontcourt player, picking Pistons center Andre Drummond to replace Wall in the All-Star Game. Drummond will take Wall's spot on the All-Star team drafted by LeBron James.

Wall has been ruled out for the next two months with a knee injury and is set to undergo a clean-up procedure on his persistently sore left knee.

In the end, he went with a player who has improved by leaps and bounds over last season, especially on the offensive side of the floor.

This season, only three players have stats that reach those per game plateaus: Simmons, Cleveland's LeBron James and Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook. Drummond is putting up averages of 14.7 points and a league-leading 15.1 rebounds while shooting 54.4 percent from the floor. He had a unique reaction after Drummond was selected as Wall's replacement. Ben Simmons, who is in the midst of a tremendous rookie season with the Philadelphia 76ers, also tweeted out some displeasure at being overlooked himself.

Simmons had no apparent reason to spontaneously react with laughter, so it is safe to assume he is responding to Drummond's selection over his own. "No (t) sure why Jaylen Brown is confused", said Drummond in the comments.

Simmons, who is averaging 16.6 points, 7.3 assists and 7.9 rebounds, posted a laughing emoji in an apparent reaction to Drummond's selection.

The All-Star Game will be February 18 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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

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