Toronto Raptor Scottie Barnes named to NBA All-Star game as injury replacement
Toronto Raptors forward Scottie Barnes (4) brings the ball up during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2024, in Memphis, Tenn. A new-look Toronto Raptors team means turning a three-day break into a mini-training camp. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Brandon Dill
The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, February 6, 2024 2:26PM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, February 6, 2024 2:30PM EST
NEW YORK -- Toronto Raptors star Scottie Barnes has been named one of two injury replacements on the Eastern Conference team for the upcoming NBA All-Star Game.
Barnes and Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young will replace Philadelphia 76ers centre Joel Embiid and New York Knicks forward Julius Randle.
Barnes has been named an all-star for the first time in his three-year NBA career.
The six-foot-seven Barnes is averaging career highs of 20.2 points, 8.1 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 1.48 blocks and 1.24 steals in 35.3 minutes in 50 games.
He joins Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo as the only NBA players to have at least 1,000 points, 400 rebounds, 250 assists, 50 blocks and 50 steals this season.
The all-star game will be played on Feb. 18 at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, home of the Indiana Pacers.
Young earned his third NBA All-Star selection in six seasons, all spent with the Hawks.
He is averaging 27.3 points and career highs of 10.9 assists and 1.47 steals in 36.6 minutes in 45 games. The six-foot-one Young has recorded an NBA-high 490 total assists -- a category he also led in each of the previous two seasons.
Embiid (lateral meniscus injury in left knee) and Randle (dislocated right shoulder) will not play in the NBA All-Star Game after being selected as a starter and a reserve, respectively. Eastern Conference head coach Doc Rivers of Milwaukee will select a reserve from the East roster to replace Embiid in the starting lineup.
Toronto’s Scottie Barnes and Atlanta’s Trae Young have been named by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver as injury replacements on the Eastern Conference team for the 2024 NBA All-Star Game.— NBA Communications (@NBAPR) February 6, 2024
The two players will replace Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid and New York’s Julius Randle. pic.twitter.com/ZkP7gZmbhj