Goran Dragic replaces Kevin Love on Team LeBron
Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic has actually been called by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to replace injured Cleveland Cavaliers forward/center Kevin Love on Team LeBron in the 2018 NBA All-Star Game, to be played Sunday, Feb. 18 at Staples Center in Los Angeles (8 p.m. ET).
This marks the very first NBA All-Star selection for Dragic, who ends up being the very first player from Slovenia to have the honor. The 10-year veteran is averaging team highs of 17.0 points and 4.8 assits per game for Southeast Division-leader Miami (29-22), which has the fourth-best record in the Eastern Conference.
Dragic signs up with Kyle Korver (2015 ), Tyson Chandler (2013) and Sam Cassell (2004) as the most recent players to be called an All-Star for the very first time in their 10th season or later. A member of the 2013-14 All-NBA Third Team, the 6-3 Dragic was the 45th choice in the 2008 NBA Draft.
Love, a five-time All-Star choice, will miss out on the 2018 NBA All-Star Game after sustaining a left hand injury versus the Detroit Pistons on Jan. 30. He was picked by NBA head coaches as an All-Star reserve and drafted to Team LeBron by captain LeBron James of the Cavaliers.
Inning accordance with NBA guidelines, when an All-Star is not able to take part, the commissioner will select a replacement from the very same conference as the player who is being replaced. Love and Dragic both play Eastern Conference groups. Dragic got the most voting points from NBA head coaches amongst Eastern Conference players who were not picked as reserves or named as an injury replacement.
The 67th NBA All-Star Game will air on TNT and ESPN Radio and reach fans in more than 200 countries and areas in more than 40 languages through the league’s worldwide tv and digital partners. The game includes a brand-new format where Tean lineups were prepared by James and the Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry, the captain of Team Stephen.