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Mike Conley Named Devin Booker's Injury Replacement for 2021 NBA All-Star Game

Blake SchusterSenior Analyst IIMarch 6, 2021

Utah Jazz's Mike Conley plays during an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Wednesday, March 3, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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Utah Jazz point guard Mike Conley has been selected as an injury replacement for Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker in Sunday's All-Star Game, the NBA announced on Friday. 

Shams Charania @ShamsCharania

Booker will miss the All-Star Game due to a left knee sprain. He was named as a replacement for Lakers‘ Anthony Davis. https://t.co/S7zuocbogR

Conley, 33, is averaging 16.1 points, 5.7 assists and 3.5 rebounds in 29 games this season as he continues to bounce back from a dismal 2019-20 campaign. The Jazz now have three players in the All-Star Game with Conley joining Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert.  

utahjazz @utahjazz

@MCONLEY10 we CAN have nice things

Booker, who is averaging 24.9 points, 4.4 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game, was selected as a reserve by Team Durant during Wednesday's All-Star Draft. The Phoenix star is being held out with a left knee sprain, according to the NBA's announcement. 

Commissioner Adam Silver chose Conley as Booker's replacement with rules stipulating a substitute must be selected from the same conference as the injured player. 

Conley will also replace Booker in the three-point contest ahead of Sunday's exhibition. 

It's the first All-Star Game appearance for the 14-year veteran who immediately received congratulations on social media from Gobert and Mitchell. 

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Rudy Gobert @rudygobert27

Lets gooooooooo @MCONLEY10 !! 🔮🙏🏽🔥🔥

Donovan Mitchell @spidadmitchell

I SEE YOU @MCONLEY10 👀👀👀🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾 https://t.co/xtoLdE2GD7

Now a member of Team Durant, Conley will reunite in the backcourt with Mitchell as the duo look to help end LeBron James' streak of three straight All-Star Game victories. 

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