John Wall injury could open door for Miami Heat All-Star

03 February, 2018, 01:44 | Author: Laura Christensen
  • Wizards point guard John Wall is out for six weeks

Wall was selected by LeBron James for the All-Star team he will captain, with Wall's replacement to slide into that void.

Washington point guard Wall has been bothered by a left knee injury and will undergo surgery that is expected to sideline him for close to two months.

According to National Basketball Association rules, when an All-Star is unable to participate, the commissioner shall choose a replacement from the same conference as the player who is being replaced.

This season, only three players have stats that reach those per game plateaus: Simmons, Cleveland's LeBron James and Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook.

A person with direct knowledge of the injury has told the Associated Press that Wall could miss six to eight weeks.

Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond has been named as the replacement for an injured John Wall for the 2018 All-Star Game.

Drummond is averaging an NBA-best and career-high 15.1 rebounds a game as well as 14.7 points, 1.37 blocked shots and career highs of 3.8 assists and 1.54 steals.

In the end, he went with a player who has improved by leaps and bounds over last season, especially on the offensive side of the floor. Coach Stan Van Gundy has shown a willingness to run part of Detroit's offense through Drummond on the high and low post and the athletic center has already had more assists this season than in his first five seasons combined.

The Pistons announced Drummond's selection Tuesday night.

But hey, who knows, maybe Simmons and Brown were simply watching entertaining TV shows or playing video games, and that's what they were reacting to around the exact moment that the Drummond announcement happened.

Newly acquired Pistons forward Blake Griffin tweeted out his congratulations for Drummond.


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