Three Players Who Can Replace Lakers’ Anthony Davis If He Misses NBA All-Star Weekend

Published 02/24/2021, 12:29 AM EST
Jan 27, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) reaches to keep the ball in bounds against Philadelphia 76ers forward Danny Green (14) during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports


The Lakers are in a thick soup after Anthony Davis injured his Achilles in the game against the Nuggets. Since then, the Lakers have lost three of their four games and will also stand against a scary Utah Jazz. Other than this, AD’s untimely injury has also raised question marks on his inclusion in the All-star reserves.

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Now, if the star forward stays out for three more weeks, the Lakers might try to sign the likes of Blake Griffin (Pistons) or a low-cost Mo Bamba (Magic). If not, Kyle Kuzma or Montrezl Harrell will have to step up. But what about the All-stars?

The three most probable All-star replacements for Lakers’ Anthony Davis

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This isn’t the first time AD might pull out of the All-stars. Back in 2015, the voting had selected him as a starter, but he pulled out because of a shoulder injury. To replace him, the league selected Mavericks veteran Dirk Nowitzki, who then played his 13th All-star game. That year, players like Kobe Bryant, Blake Griffin, and Dwyane Wade also missed the break because of injuries. So who all can replace Anthony Davis this time?

Lakers forward Anthony Davis looks on from the bench during the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

#3 DeMar DeRozan

Although the chances of this Spurs’ star actually making the All-Stars list are pretty low, he still makes the cut. He is already a 4-time NBA All-star and hence comes with experience under his belt. The swingman is great at both ends of the court, but his numbers have taken a hit lately. He is averaging close to 20 ppg, 5 rpg, 7 apg, and has improved his three-point shooting to some extent. There are only bleak chances that he can beat the next two players on the list.

Lakers forward Anthony Davis shoots against Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan in the first half at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports

#2 Mike Conley

This was perhaps the greatest snubs in the history of NBA All-stars where the voters continued to disappoint Mike Conley. The former Grizzlies star has never made it to an All-star team, and the misfortune continues to this day. From his current team, the Jazz, Donovan Mitchell has rightfully reserved his berth as a guard. But Mike, even after averaging 16.4 points with 1.4 steals and an impressive 44.7% FG, has failed to find his name in the Top 24. Can he replace AD? The next prospect might not allow this.

Jazz guard Mike Conley dribbles the ball against Nets guard Kyrie Irving during the first half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

#1 Devin Booker

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After All-star captain LeBron James’ endorsement of Devin Booker, it is highly likely that he might replace AD. Last year too, Devin covered for an injured Damian Lillard and played in his debut All-star game. This time around, he earlier impressed everyone in the Orlando bubble and now has a 50.1% field shooting to back his 24.7 points average. 

Suns guard Devin Booker reacts after making a three-point basket against the Nuggets in the fourth quarter at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Who do you believe is the most deserving candidate to fill for AD if the Lakers’ main-man chooses to sit out? 

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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