D’Angelo Russell will be heading to All-Star Weekend.
The league announced Friday that the Brooklyn Nets star will be replacing the injured Victor Oladipo as an Eastern Conference all-star reserve. The replacement is a like-for-like as Oladipo and Russell are both backcourt players.
“According to NBA rules, when a player selected to the All-Star Game is unable to participate, the Commissioner shall choose a replacement from the same conference as the player who is being replaced,” the league announced in a press release.
In 52 games for the surprisingly successful Nets, Russell has been outstanding. The fourth-year pro is averaging career-bests of 19.6 points, 6.4 assists, and 3.8 rebounds per game, while shooting 37 per cent from beyond the arc in his second season with Brooklyn.
The NBA All-Star Draft will take place on Feb. 7, with captains LeBron James and Giannis Antentokoumpo choosing teams.