Anthony Davis will get to play in front of his home fans in the NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans, as new NBA commissioner Adam Silver selected the Pelicans' big man to replace the injured Kobe Bryant for the Feb. 16 game, the league announced on Friday.
Davis is one of only four players in the league who is averaging more than 20 points and 10 rebounds per game, joining fellow All-Stars Kevin Love of Minnesota and LaMarcus Aldridge of Portland, as well as Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins.
The 20-year-old Pelicans forward, who is in his second season in the NBA, is shooting 51.8 percent from the field while averaging 3.3 blocks and 1.5 steals per game for New Orleans (21-27).
Davis, who will also play in the Rising Stars Challenge, missed being selected as a reserve by one vote by Western Conference coaches.
The commissioner chooses all replacements for injured players.
Pelicans Anthony Davis named to replace Kobe Bryant in the All-Star game — Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) February 7, 2014