The 2022 NBA All-Star rosters were recently revealed, and as is tradition, fans were quick to point out what players were snubbed. Well, two more players are now being given the chance to take part in the All-Star Game this year, stepping in as injury replacements for the ailing Kevin Durant and Draymond Green. With one Eastern Conference and one Western Conference roster spot opened up, NBA commissioner Adam Silver revealed on Monday who he selected as replacements. Per Shams Charania, San Antonio Spurs' star Dejounte Murray and Charlotte Hornets' LaMelo Ball are the latest additions to the All-Star rosters.
Hornets guard LaMelo Ball and San Antonio Spurs guard Dejounte Murray have been named replacements for Kevin Durant and Draymond Green in the NBA All-Star Game.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 7, 2022
Both young guards were among the most frequent names mentioned by fans discussing All-Star snubs, so it's encouraging to see the pair get the nod from Silver. Ball and Murray have been key cogs for their team, both emerging as young stars during the season.
Murray is in his fifth NBA season, though he sat out in 2018-19 due to an ACL injury. The 25-year-old is enjoying a career year, averaging 19.6 points, 9.2 assists, 8.4 rebounds, and a league-high 2.1 steals per game. His 10 triple-doubles rank second in the NBA this season, trailing only MVP candidate Nikola Jokic. His inclusion in this year's All-Star game marks his first-ever selection.
Ball, on the other hand, is just in his second year in the NBA. The Hornets guard and former No. 3 overall pick has made the franchise into must-watch TV while averaging 19.6 points, 7.1 rebounds, 7.5 assists, and 1.5 steals. Ball is shooting at a 36% clip from 3-point territory, knocking down 2.6 3's per game.