Injuries are inevitable in basketball.
That being said, it looks like we won’t be seeing Heat All-Star guard Dwyane Wade, who has missed the past six games due to a strained right hamstring— as he’s decided to not participate in this weekend’s upcoming All-Star Game.
So with Wade ruled out, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has officially announced that his replacement will be the Hawks’ three-point assassin—Kyle Korver.
Kyle Korver replaces injured Dwyane Wade on Eastern Conference All-Star team. Hawks have record-tying 4 All-Stars. pic.twitter.com/tuGD5x76bp
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) February 11, 2015
NBA commissioner Adam Silver has to pick the injury replacement for Dwyane Wade and I'm hearing that it will be Kyle Korver who gets the nod
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 11, 2015
Korver joins fellow teammates Al Horford, Paul Millsap, and Jeff Teague on this year’s Eastern Conference roster. Only two other teams in league history also had four All-Stars making it to the All-Star Game. The Pistons (2006) and the Celtics (2011). Wow.
This occurrence doesn’t really seem to be a surprise given how well the Hawks have been playing by getting to a 43-10 start to the season. And needless to say, Korver has been a key factor in their successful run as their offense heavily relies on his shooting to spread the floor.
He’s averaging 12.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per contest while shooting an incredible 52.8% from beyond the arc.
Benjamin Felix Santos is currently a senior college student from Manila, PH. An aspiring NBA writer, who bleeds the purple and gold. His love and passion for the game will never die.