Friday, February 7th, 2014 at 3:25 pm  |  34 responses

Anthony Davis Replaces Kobe Bryant in the All-Star Game

The NBA announced Friday that New Orleans Pelicans big man Anthony Davis has replaced the injured Kobe Bryant on the West roster for the NBA All-Star Game (head coach Scott Brooks will select who starts in Bryant’s place.) With the big showcase taking place in NOLA, it was a no-brainer for the L to tab the second year stud. Davis is averaging 20.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, and leads the NBA with an absurd 3.3 blocks per game:

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  • spit hot fiyah

    good job silver. now please tell us you were just joking about the dunk contest not really being a contest

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Adam Silver is 1 for 1, setting some pretty lofty standards

  • Conor

    2/2 if you include his fair fine for Noah’s outburst. Five grand per on-court f-bomb.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i really don’t care about minor fines. they are way too political for me to judge Silver based on them

  • LakeShow

    Excellent choice.

  • LP @ThisisEther

    I called this as soon as the starters were announced….

    Edit: not that I was a psychic, but its in NO and he deserves it…

  • Dfrance

    Great choice. Now Scott Brooks has to do the right thing and start the hometown guy.

  • JJ Jones

    Adam silver already doing something right. I almost thought they were going to start that flopping piece of s*it james harden

  • social sniper

    weakest all star game in quite sometime. reminds me of 1 of those mid 90s all star games after MJ 1st retirement

  • Dagger

    Yeah, you only have two of the greatest players of all time in their primes going head-to-head. Terrible, isn’t it?

  • 2chainz

    The dunk contest is the best in 5 years smh lol

  • KipSmithers

    Now all we need is a center to “slip” on he court and Cousins can join in…

  • Koy-oH

    1 for two if you count the approval of the new slam dunk contest format with no winner

  • robb

    I got the impression that Silver likes basketball more than David Stern

  • Ugh

    It’s hardly a shock they picked him, he was probably the most surprising non-selection.

  • Max


  • The Seed

    No Kobe, poor NBA All Star game, he makes it very competitive.

  • Ugh

    “leads the NBA with an absurd 3.3 blocks per game”

    Mark Eaton’s BPG from ’82-’88: 3.4, 4.3, 5.6, 4.6, 4.1, 3.7, 3.8.
    Hakeem Olajuwon’s best year of BPG: 4.6
    David Robinson’s best year of BPG: 4.5
    Patrick Ewing’s ’94 Finals BPG: 4.3

    So, yeah it is pretty absurd that 3.3 blocks leads the NBA.

  • Saleem Rainman

  • http://bit.ly/1adGLWn SirGrey

    Lol talk about expectations !

  • Ugh

    The drunk contest? Jason Kidd and Charles Barkley have too many drinks and chase one another around the court in golf carts? Sounds like prime half time entertainment.

  • brothasdontsurf

    Great selection, looking forward to seeing him play more minutes for Team USA soon as well!

  • Adrian Alzamalo

    Goran Dragič should have got that invite.

  • north

    Exactly. Reward a guy keeping a team in the playoff hunt that no one thought would be there who also plays at the guard spot. But you put in a local guy to keep NO happy.

  • 2chainz

    Dunk Contest*

  • Pedestrian Nightmare

    ahem, Goran Dragić?

  • cbbfanatic

    OK….This is such a hater comment. You’re only quoting the other greats’ BPG at certain stages in their careers and none of those stats are far off from what AD is averaging right now as a sophomore (yes, SOPHOMORE, in case you need to be reminded). And at certain stages in his short career thus far, he was averaging 4 BPG. So please don’t try to diminish what this guy is doing. If he is doing this as a sophomore, what do you think is going to happen as HIS career progresses on? Maybe then you’ll be quoting some of HIS “best year” stats. SMH
    And I can’t stand when people talk about how “weak” the league is, but give other players like Lebron and KD so much credit. They all play in the same league, so if you diminish the competitiveness of the entire league, aren’t you saying that they’re not really good players?

  • Lloyd

    You think the league left the decision to go with that format to 3 weeks before All-Star Weekend? (when Silver became Commissioner) That was decided months ago.

  • Lloyd

    Did you just compare a 2nd-year player to greats like Hakeem Olajuwon, David Robinson, and Patrick Ewing to try and say his numbers were NOT absurd? That’s convincing.

  • Caboose

    Funny, I think you might be an Anthony Davis fan, can’t tell though.
    Hakeem, 2nd year: 3.4 bpg
    Camby, 2nd year: 3.7 bpg
    Mutombo 2nd year: 3.5 bpg
    Mourning, 1st year: 3.5 bpg
    Eaton, 2nd year: 4.3 bpg
    Bol, 1st year: 5.0 bpg
    Bradley, 2nd year: 3.3 bpg

    So calm down. It wasn’t a hater comment. Just saying that 3.3 isn’t “absurd.” Simply because it’s been matched and done MUCH better before.

  • Caboose

    In no way should Goran be ahead of Cousins.

  • Caboose

    Either him or Big Cuz. Take your pick there, honestly.

  • Ugh

    1) See Caboose’s comment.
    2) My comment was about how a 3.3BPG is absurdly low for leading the league, not Anthony Davis’ numbers per se, which actually compare pretty well against some all-time greats. I was comparing how certain players had single season averages significantly higher than the league’s highest ranked BPG player this season. This is a comment on how much the defensive role of the centre has diminished in the NBA.
    3) I don’t care that you can’t stand something I didn’t say or do. Not sure why you thought you’d throw that in when you’re addressing my comment, as I didn’t say either of those things. You seem a bit confused there.

  • Ugh

    No. I’m not quite sure why you got that impression.