Devin Booker has earned his first selection to the NBA All-Star Game after Damian Lillard was ruled out with a groin strain.
In-form Portland Trail Blazers star Lillard suffered the injury in his team’s 111-104 defeat to the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday.
Lillard still tallied 20 points and 10 assists in 37 minutes, but his 2020 All-Star absence was soon confirmed.
Commissioner Adam Silver named Phoenix Suns guard Booker to the Western Conference’s Team LeBron as Lillard’s replacement for Sunday.
Booker, in his fifth season, is averaging 26.4 points, 6.3 assists and 4.2 rebounds this season.
The 23-year-old is also to take Lillard’s place among eight NBA stars taking part in the Three-Point Contest, having won the event in record-breaking fashion in 2018.