With DeMarcus Cousins hurting his Achille’s in New Orleans’ win over Houston on Friday, Jan. 26., the NBA had to find a replacement for the 2018 NBA All-Star game in February.
George is slated to make his fifth All-Star appearance, joining teammate Russell Westbrook on Team LeBron, replacing New Orleans’ DeMarcus Cousins.
George was considered the biggest snub in the Western Conference. One of the best defenders in the league, George had started to find his groove, averaging almost 22 points per game since Dec. 1. His defensive stats are second to none this season.
Cousins sustained a season-ending ruptured left Achilles tendon against the Houston Rockets on Jan. 26. An All-Star selection for the fourth consecutive season, Cousins was voted to start and drafted to Team LeBron by captain LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
When an All-Star is unable to participate, Silver will choose a replacement from the same conference as the player who is being replaced. Cousins and George both represent the Western Conference. George received the most voting points from NBA head coaches among Western Conference players who were not selected as reserves.
George is currently averaging 21.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.17 steals (ranks 2nd). In 46 games this season, he is averaging a career-best 42.0 percent from 3-point range on a career-high 7.3 3-point attempts per game. He ranks first in deflections (4.4) and third in loose balls recovered (1.7).
George is currently on pace to become the fifth player in NBA history to average 20.0 or more points on .420 percent 3-point shooting to go along with 2.00 or more steals per game (Stephen Curry, Michael Jordan, Hersey Hawkins and Larry Bird).
This season, George has helped Oklahoma City to a 29-20 record and the league’s longest active win streak at seven games.
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