Taurean Prince to replace Malcolm Brogdon in 2018 NBA Rising Stars Game
It appears that constant injuries are beginning to alter the All-Star Game festivities in a major way. On Friday night, it was reported that Taurean Prince will replace Malcolm Brogdon in the Rising Stars game, according to Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Taurean Prince to replace Malcolm Brogdon in Rising Stars game All-Star weekend. John Collins also on U.S. team.
On Friday afternoon, Brogdon suffered a partially torn tendon in his left quad in a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, rendering him unavailable for the next 6-8 weeks. Brogdon, the 2016-17 NBA Rookie of the Year, is currently averaging 13.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 3.2 assists in 30 minutes for the Bucks and was started to evolve into the player the Bucks drafted him to be. Now that he is out for the next two months, the Bucks will struggle to perform without his added production on the court. Also, the All-Star Rising Stars game will miss the talented guard.
In any case, the upcoming game will gain a deserving player in Prince. The Hawks’ starting small forward is currently averaging 12.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 2.3 assists in 30 minutes. He has started every game for the Hawks in his second season, and he has made 90 three-pointers which is a team-high record. Prince is even shooting 39 percent from the three-point line, compared to 32 percent in his rookie year. Prince was selected by the Hawks with the 12th pick in the 2016 NBA Draft and has since become a regular contributor for the squad.
The Rising Stars game should be an exciting challenge that features the NBA’s upcoming superstars. Hopefully, Prince’s debut should add some excitement in Brogdon’s absence.