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Domantas Sabonis Makes His Second All-Star Game

DETROIT, MICHIGAN - FEBRUARY 11: Domantas Sabonis #11 of the Indiana Pacers gets ready to shoot a free throw during the first quarter of the game against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena on February 11, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. Indiana defeated Detroit 111-95. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Leon Halip/Leon Halip)

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the NBA announced that Domantas Sabonis will make his second consecutive All-Star game. He will replace Kevin Durant who is sidelined due to a hamstring injury.

Domantas Sabonis Makes His Second All-Star Game

Strong Start for Sabonis in 2021

Sabonis has gotten off to a strong start this season for the Indiana Pacers. The 24-year-old is averaging 21.5 points, 11.7 rebounds, and 5.7 assists per game while shooting 52.9 percent from the field. The points and assists average are career-highs for him.

Sabonis is a well-rounded player. He can score the ball, rebound the ball well, and break down opposing defenses with his passing. This season, he has noticeably improved his outside shooting. Sabonis is shooting 34.9 percent from three on a career-high 2.8 attempts per game. His impact on the court is a big reason why the Pacers are fourth in the Eastern Conference.

Other Possible All-Star Replacements in the East

Before this announcement, Sabonis would have been the first player in NBA history to average 20+ points, 10+ rebounds, and five-plus assists to not make an All-Star team. Many basketball fans felt that Sabonis was the biggest snub in the East when the list of All-Star reserves came out. With Durant sidelined until after the All-Star break, a roster spot opened up for him to take.

Bam Adebayo became the All-Star biggest snub in the East as a result of this announcement. He is averaging 19.6 points, 9.6 rebounds, and 5.5 assists per game while shooting 57.1 percent from the field. The slow start that the Miami Heat had this season kept him from making his second straight All-Star game.

Trae Young is another notable All-Star snub in the East. He is averaging 27.2 points, four rebounds, and 9.5 assists per contest this season. With the All-Star game taking place in Atlanta this year, it is unfortunate for the hometown fans as they won’t see their fellow Atlanta Hawks player playing.

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