After James Harden was ruled out for the 2022 NBA All-Star Game, Adam Silver was tasked with naming his third All-Star replacement for the game hosted by the Cleveland Cavs. Having already filled the vacancies left by Kevin Durant and Draymond Green with LaMelo Ball and Dejounte Murray, respectively, Silver revealed his latest All-Star injury replacement on Monday amid news of Harden’s absence. Cavaliers fans will be ecstatic to hear that Jarrett Allen has gotten the nod from the NBA commissioner and will make his first-ever All-Star appearance in 2022, per Shams Charania.
Cleveland’s Jarrett Allen has replaced James Harden in the NBA All-Star Game.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 14, 2022
That will make it two Cleveland Cavaliers players representing the organization on their home court. With Cleveland playing host to the 2022 NBA All-Star festivities, Allen will join teammate Darius Garland at the game. The duo has been largely responsible for the impressive start of the season the Cavs have enjoyed. The team currently sits in third place in the Eastern Conference, well within striking distance of the top spot.
On the year, the 23-year-old big man has posted season averages of 16.2 points, 11.1 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks per game. He’s shooting at a 66.5% clip while serving as a defensive anchor for the Cavaliers. It’s hard to argue that he was the right choice for the replacement nod, as he’s having a career year and the Cavs are clearly improving as a result of his play.
Among the potential replacements for Harden included Allen, Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam, Boston Celtics star Jaylen Brown, Milwaukee Bucks point guard Jrue Holiday, and Charlotte Hornets forward Miles Bridges, all of whom were considered among the most notable All-Star snubs when rosters initially were revealed.