CLEVELAND– Jarrett Allen he went from snubbed to understudy.
Ignored in fan voting and forgotten by coaches to be taken into account, the Cleveland Cavaliers center will replace an injured james harden in this year’s All-Star Game in Cleveland and will give the Cavaliers two players selected to the event for the first time since 2018.
Allen’s strong second season with the Cavs has helped propel the team to be among the best in the Eastern Conference. Allen was rewarded Monday with being picked to take Harden’s place by NBA commissioner Adam Silver.
Allen will join his partner darius garland for this year’s event to be held at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse. Both will play for Team LeBron (James), which will be coached by Monty Williams of the Phoenix Suns.
Harden is dealing with a left hamstring injury that is delaying his debut with the Philadelphia 76ers. Harden, who was selected by the coaches as an All-Star substitute, was traded last week by the Brooklyn Nets in a deal for Ben Simmons.
It’s the first All-Star selection for Allen, who is averaging 16.2 points, a career-high 11 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 49 games. The 23-year-old also ranks second in the league with a 66.5% shooting percentage from the field.
Shortly after learning Harden would miss the game, the Cavs re-promoted Allen, who was passed over last week when Silver named LaMelo Ballof the Charlotte Hornets, as the replacement for Kevin Durant.
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Allen replaces Harden in the All-Star Game