Indiana Pacers star Domantas Sabonis will exchange injured Brooklyn Nets ahead Kevin Durant within the All-Star Sport, the NBA introduced Friday.
The information got here shortly after the Nets introduced that Durant, who was named a starter and staff captain, will stay out by way of the All-Star break with a strained left hamstring.
Durant will probably be changed as a starter by Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum — the best rating ahead among the many Japanese Convention reserves — with Sabonis taking Tatum’s spot among the many reserves. It stays unclear whether or not Durant will stay as a staff captain in command of deciding on gamers regardless of not enjoying within the sport.
Sabonis, 24, is averaging a career-high 21.1 factors and 5.7 assists to associate with 11.7 rebounds per sport this season. He ranks second within the league in double-doubles with 24 and has recorded three triple-doubles for the 15-15 Pacers.
Sabonis, who’s within the first yr of a 4-year, $75 million extension, will earn a $1.3 million bonus for getting chosen to the All-Star sport as a alternative participant, in response to ESPN’s Bobby Marks.
That is Sabonis’ second straight All-Star choice.