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2014 NBA All-Star Game: Pelicans' Anthony Davis to replace Kobe Bryant

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 12: Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans reacts to his dunk against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on November 12, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.
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For the first time since 1995, the Los Angeles Lakers will not have any player representing the team during NBA All-Star Weekend. With Kobe Bryant dealing with a knee injury, the NBA has been forced to replace him and has selected center Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans to fill the void according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN on Feb. 7:

The NBA announces Anthony Davis will be taking Kobe Bryant's spot in the All-Star game.

After being re-evaluated recently, Bryant may not return to the floor for the Lakers for a few more weeks with sometime in March potentially being a realistic time frame.

As for Davis, the former No. 1 overall pick of the Pelicans has had another solid year and has arguably stepped up his game enough to be considered among the best frontcourt players in the NBA.

Despite a few injury problems throughout the season, Davis has been able to play in 40 games with the Pelicans and has put up some impressive numbers in the process. Davis is currently averaging 20.6 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game while shooting 51 percent.

Along with Davis, the Western Conference All-Stars consist of Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, Kevin Love, Chris Paul, Tony Parker, Dwight Howard, LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard and James Harden.

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