Kevin Durant will be out for the All-Star game, according to NBA insider Chris Haynes, who tweeted:
“Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant (MCL sprain) will not play in next week’s All-Star Game in Salt Lake City, league sources tell @NBAonTNT , @BleacherReport .”
The Brooklyn Nets star is set to miss his 14th straight game on Tuesday with a sprained MCL. In 39 games played this season, Durant averaged 29.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.5 blocks per game while shooting 55.9% from the field, 37.6 % for three points and 93.4% from the free throw line. .
Durant was selected to 13 All-Star games, however, he played in only ten of them. He missed all three All-Star games he was selected to as a member of the Brooklyn Nets, and last appeared in the contest as a member of the Golden State Warriors in 2018-19.
In his ten appearances, Durant averaged 25.0 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.7 steals and 0.5 blocks while shooting 53.6% from the field, 34.9% for three points and 89.7% from the free throw line. He was named the All-Star Game MVP twice, winning the award in 2012 and 2019, his last appearance in the competition. It was previously reported that he hoped to appear in the competition.
Will another star join Kevin Durant in missing the 2022-2023 All-Star Game?
Kevin Durant isn’t the only star who will be out for the All-Star game. Golden State Warriors star and Durant’s former teammate Steph Curry will also be sidelined with a leg injury. Additionally, Zion Williamson, who has missed the last 19 games, is unlikely to suit up as he recovers from a hamstring strain.
With three starters likely to be out, it will be interesting to see how the NBA decides to replace each star. In Durant’s case, his replacement will come from the Eastern Conference and will likely have to be a frontcourt player since the conference will be one frontcourt player short of the required six.
The picks will be made by NBA commissioner Adam Silver, and while backcourt players such as James Harden, Jalen Brunson and Trae Young have been viewed by many as the Eastern Conference’s most despised players, all three are unlikely to be selected. Instead of him, it is possible that Pascal Siakam or Jimmy Butler will be chosen as a replacement.
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