The Phoenix Suns’ young superstar guard, Devin Booker, was chosen to replace the Los Angeles Lakers’ injured power forward, Anthony Davis, in the 2020 – 2021 NBA All – Star Game. This year’s NBA All – Star Game as well as all other NBA All – Star competitions such as the 3 – point contest and slam dunk contest will take place on Sunday, March 7th, 2021. This season’s All – Star festivities will take place from the State Farm Arena located in Atlanta, Georgia which is the home stadium of the Atlanta Hawks.

The decision for Booker to take the place of Davis in the NBA All – Star Game was ultimately made by the NBA commissioner, Adam Silver, and this injury replacement came only one day following Devin getting snubbed by the National Basketball Association’s head coach’s vote on the All – Star reserves. Many people around the league believed that Booker should have been voted in originally as a reserve as opposed to an injury replacement.

Current Injuries

 The veteran superstar big man of the Los Angeles Lakers, Anthony Davis, has recently been sidelined and missing game action due to Achilles tendinosis as well as a strained right calf. Davis is not expected to return to the Los Angeles Lakers’ line up until mid to late March of 2021.

Booker’s 2020 – 2021 NBA Season

Since the start of the 2020 – 2021 NBA season which began around the end of last December Booker has averaged 24.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game. Along with his veteran point guard teammate, Chris Paul, Devin has helped the Phoenix Suns post an overall record of 20 and 10 as of Thursday, February 25, 2021. That is the fourth best record in the entire National Basketball Association, and this comes to quite a large surprise to many around the league. The last time that the Phoenix Suns sent two players to the NBA All – Star Game was during the 2009 – 2010 NBA season when the Suns were represented by both Amare Stoudemire and Steve Nash.

Booker’s Career Achievements, Honors, and Awards

  • 2 Time NBA All – Star Game Selection (2020, 2021)
  • NBA Three – Point Contest Champion (2018)
  • NBA All – Rookie First Team (2016)
  • SEC Sixth Man of the Year (2015)
  • Second – Team All – SEC (2015)
  • SEC All – Freshmen Team (2015)
  • McDonald’s All – American (2014)

Davis’ Career Achievements, Honors, and Awards

  • NBA Champion (2020)
  • 8 Time NBA All – Star Game Selection (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)
  • NBA All – Star Game MVP (2017)
  • 4 Time All – NBA First Team (2015, 2017, 2018, 2020)
  • 2 Time NBA All – Defensive First Team (2018, 2020)
  • 2 Time NBA All – Defensive Second Team (2015, 2017)
  • 3 Time NBA Blocks Leader (2014, 2015, 2018)
  • NBA All – Rookie First Team (2013)
  • NCAA Champion (2012)
  • NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (2012)
  • Consensus National College Player of the Year (2012)
  • Consensus First – Team All – American (2012)
  • NABC Defensive Player of the Year (2012)
  • USBWA National Freshman of the Year (2012)
  • SEC Player of the Year (2012)
  • NCAA Blocks Leader (2012)
  • SEC Defensive Player of the Year (2012)
  • SEC Rookie of the Year (2012)
  • First – Team Parade All – American (2011)
  • McDonald’s All – American (2011)

Odds to Win the 2020 – 2021 NBA Championship

According to Intertops sportsbook these are the odds as of Thursday, February 25th, 2021 to win the 2020 – 2021 NBA championship outright.

 

Team                                                   Odds

Los Angeles Lakers                     +250

Brooklyn Nets                                    +325

Los Angeles Clippers                         +500

Milwaukee Bucks                               +650

Utah Jazz                                            +750

Philadelphia 76ers                              +1400

Boston Celtics                                    +2200

Denver Nuggets                                  +2500

Toronto Raptors                                 +2800

Miami Heat                                        +3300

Phoenix Suns                                 +3300

Dallas Mavericks                                +4000

Indiana Pacers                                    +4000

Portland Trail Blazers                         +5000

Golden State Warriors                         +6000

New Orleans Pelicans                         +6600

San Antonio Spurs                             +6600

Atlanta Hawks                                    +10000

New York Knicks                               +10000

Memphis Grizzlies                             +12500

Houston Rockets                                +15000

Oklahoma City Thunder                     +15000

Orlando Magic                                   +20000

Washington Wizards                          +20000

Sacramento Kings                              +20000

Charlotte Hornets                               +20000

Chicago Bulls                                     +20000

Cleveland Cavaliers                           +25000

Minnesota Timberwolves                   +50000

Detroit Pistons                                    +50000




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