Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker has been announced as the replacement for New York Knicks power forward Kristaps Porzingis in the NBA All-Star Game, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver selected Walker for the opening on Team LeBron that was created when Porzingis tore his left ACL on Tuesday.
Walker entered the day averaging 22.6 points and 5.8 assists in 51 games this season.
Simmons remains the favourite for Rookie of the Year, averaging 16 points, seven rebounds and seven assists on the year. Walker was an All-Star last season, selected by Eastern Conference coaches as a reserve. Then it was John Wall, who needed a minor knee surgery and was replaced by Detroit's Andre Drummond.
Walker became Charlotte's all-time leader in 3-point field goals on February 4, surpassing the previous high of 929 by Dell Curry. A French native, Gobert finished fourth in the NBA in rebounding (12.8) and first in blocks (2.64) last season on his way to claiming 2017 NBA All-Defensive First Team and All-NBA Second Team honors.