Wade is the latest injured star to drop out of All-Star weekend…
Atlanta Hawks star Kyle Korver has been called up to replace Dwyane Wade on the Eastern Conference roster for the All-Star Game 2015 in New York on February 15.
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The Hawks will now have four players representing them at the All-Star Game, with Korver joining Jeff Teague, Al Horford and Paul Millsap on the Eastern Conference roster.
However, it comes in unfortunate circumstances for Wade, as the Miami Heat star was forced to pull out due to a hamstring strain which makes him the latest of a string of big names to miss the game through injury.
Kobe Bryant and Blake Griffin have already had to be replaced in the West, and it is expected that a couple more players might be on the verge of pulling out due to fitness issues.
Nevertheless, Korver has benefited after NBA Commissioner Adam Silver named him as the replacement, and it is well deserved for the Hawks guard who is on pace to post the best single-season shooting performance in NBA history at 51.6 percent from the field.
Korver is also shooting 52.8 percent from beyond the arc while he is 92.0 percent from the free throw line. The 12-year veteran is averaging 12.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists for the Hawks who are currently 43-10 for the season and sit atop the Eastern Conference standings.
The selection will still cause controversy as others will argue that either Nikola Vucevic or Brandon Knight deserved the call up more so, but given Korver’s importance to the Atlanta team as a whole and the way that he has been playing in recent months, it shouldn’t be too much a debatable move.