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Devin Booker replaces injured Damian Lillard in All-Star Game and three-point contest

Yahoo! Sports logo Yahoo! Sports 2/13/2020 Ben Rohrbach

a close up of Devin Booker in a blue shirt: Phoenix Suns star Devin Booker, 23, is officially an All-Star. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images) © Provided by Yahoo! Sports Phoenix Suns star Devin Booker, 23, is officially an All-Star. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker was among the NBA’s biggest All-Star Game snubs and loudest critics of its selection process. As it turns out, the 23-year-old scoring savant is an All-Star after all.

Booker will replace injured Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard in both Saturday’s three-point contest and Sunday’s All-Star Game, the league announced on Thursday morning. NBA commissioner Adam Silver had the final say on which Western Conference player replaced Lillard. In the past, Silver has generally selected the reserve with the next-highest vote total from coaches.

Booker will fill Lillard’s spot on Team LeBron. That he was not already on the roster came as a surprise. The Suns star’s 26.4 points per game currently rank 10th in the NBA, and he is doing so on 50/36/92 shooting splits. Booker is also averaging 6.3 assists and 4.2 rebounds a night.

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