Heat's Dwyane Wade named to All-Star Game by Adam Silver

Ben Simmons who is averaging 16.7 points and 9.5 rebounds will be playing in his first All Star Game

Ben Simmons who is averaging 16.7 points and 9.5 rebounds will be playing in his first All Star Game

In the event that any player is unable to play in the All-Star Game, Commissioner Adam Silver will select a replacement player from the same conference as the player who is being replaced.

The 40-year-old German now comes off the bench for the Mavs and is averaging career lows of 4.4 points and 1.6 rebounds per game.

In a statement, the league announced, "In honor of their extraordinary contributions as iconic NBA champions and beloved ambassadors and in recognition of their All-Star careers, Nowitzki and Wade will take the court for the 68 NBA All-Star Game". With Oladipo having undergone season-ending surgery, he's likely to be replaced by D'Angelo Russell.

Wade, who is retiring after 16 seasons, will be an All-Star for the 13th time.

The Oklahoma City Thunder centre missed out on being one of the seven reserve players added to the Western Conference team.

Though Westbrook failed to earn a starting position after finishing fourth among Western Conference backcourt players in the fan/media/player vote, National Basketball Association coaches came through as expected for the former MVP. The eighth-year guard, who will make his fifth All-Star appearance, set an NBA-record with 14 three-point field goals in a win over Chicago on October 29, finishing with 52 points in 27 minutes. They were not permitted to vote for players from their own team.

This follows on from last week's announcement of the 2019 All-Star starters, which featured Kemba Walker, Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Joel Embiid from the East, and Stephen Curry, James Harden, Kevin Durant, Paul George, and LeBron James from the West.

Wade, 37, is averaging 13.8 points and 3.7 rebounds per game as he continues to contribute for the Heat as a reserve.

The 68th NBA All-Star Game will take place at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte on February 17.

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