Hornets' Walker to replace Knicks' Porzingis in All-Star Game

Reuters

Posted at Feb 09 2018 08:07 AM

Photo from Charlotte Hornets' Instagram account

Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker will replace injured New York Knicks big man Kristaps Porzingis on Team LeBron in the All-Star Game later this month, the NBA announced Thursday.

Porzingis suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament Tuesday against the Milwaukee Bucks after landing awkwardly after a dunk. The 22-year-old was voted by the coaches to his first All-Star team last month.

Walker, 27, will make his second consecutive All-Star appearance after reaching the stage for the first time last season. He is averaging 22.6 points, 5.8 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game for the Hornets this season, a very similar stat line to his 2016-17 campaign.

Walker and the rest of LeBron James' team will face Stephen Curry's squad at Staples Center on Feb. 18.

The league also announced that Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond will replace Porzingis in the Skills Challenge held on Feb. 17. Porzingis won the event last season in the first year in which big men were included in the competition.