The game will be held Feb. 18 in Indianapolis, the city’s first time hosting the even since 1985.
It is believed Cleveland Cavaliers center Jarrett Allen was also considered as an alternate injury replacement — but the nod eventually went to Young and Barnes, two very deserving players in their own right.
But this is the NBA, and there will always be debate, and perhaps even some anger. That said, multiple players who are deserving are left out of the game every year. This one, for certain, is no different.
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.
The two players will replace Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid and New York’s Julius Randle. pic.twitter.com/ZkP7gZmbhj
— NBA Communications (@NBAPR) February 6, 2024