Pistons' Andre Drummond replaces injured John Wall of Wizards for All-Star Game

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He was selected as a reserve and picked by team captain LeBron James.

Adam Silver selected Andre Drummond as the injury replacement for John Wall, who's going to miss the All-Star Game while recovering from knee surgery.

The door may have swung back open on the Miami Heat's hopes of landing a player in the February 18 NBA All-Star Game, with Washington Wizards guard John Wall sidelined with a knee issue.

Although the news is certainly terrible for Wall and the Wizards, one lucky player who fell just short of an All-Star bid will now receive the honor. It was a logical selection, as Drummond is having a breakout season, leading the league in rebounds (15.1 per game) while alsop averaging 14.7 points, 3.8 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.4 blocks per game.

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The Bulls also waived forward Quincy Pondexter to create the needed roster space to acquire two extra players in the trade. The Bulls were sitting at 3-20 at the time, and Mirotic guaranteed that the winning would start because "Niko's back".

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. The chosen player will then play for Team Lebron in the all-star game. He already has more assists this season (176) than in his previous two seasons combined (157).

Consider the rarity of Simmons' season: Only one rookie in National Basketball Association history has averaged at least 16 points, 7.5 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 1.5 steals per game. Those players were Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers and Jaylen Brown of the Boston Celtics. Drummond seems to be a Simmons fan, though, as he added, "Got a lot of respect for Ben, his time is coming sooner than he knows". Additionally, Drummond's making 54.9 percent of his shots and 61.9 percent of his free throws, another drastic improvement.

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

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