The information got here shortly after the Nets introduced that Durant, who was named a starter and workforce captain, will stay out way of the All-Star break with a strained left hamstring.
Durant will probably be changed as a starter Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum — the very best rating ahead among the many Japanese Convention reserves — with Sabonis taking Tatum’s spot among the many reserves. It stays unclear whether or not Durant will stay as a workforce captain answerable for choosing gamers regardless of not taking part in within the sport.
Sabonis, 24, is averaging a career-high 21.1 factors and 5.7 assists to go together with 11.7 rebounds per sport this season. He ranks second within the league in double-doubles with 24 and has recorded three triple-doubles for the Pacers.
Sabonis, who’s within the first yr of a 4-year, $75 million extension, will earn a $1.three million bonus for getting chosen to the All-Star sport as a alternative participant, in accordance with ESPN’s Bob Marks.
That is Sabonis’ second straight All-Star choice.