As in 2020, the 28-year-old international tricolor is selected for the next All Star Game.
And two! Already selected for the All Star Game last year, the pivot of the France and Jazz team will be part of the party again on March 7, in Atlanta. Shunned by the public, the media and the players for a place among the holders last week, which preferred LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard and Nikola Jokic in the category “frontcourt” (wingers and pivots) in the West, the 28-year-old tricolor international was acclaimed by the coaches, as we learned this Tuesday on TNT, and will therefore be part of the replacements.
This is not really a surprise. Collectively, the Salt Lake City club turns super and currently leads the NBA standings, with 25 wins and six losses, far ahead of the two Los Angeles teams, the Clippers and the Lakers (22 wins, 10 losses) . And individually, the ex-Choletais is strong, very strong. If they are not enough to perceive its impact, his statistics speak for themselves: 13.9 points at 64% on shots, 13.5 rebounds (2nd in the NBA, tied with A. Drummond) and 2.8 blocks (2nd) by match! So far, only two French players have received two or more invitations to the All-Star Game of the North American League: Joakim Noah (2013 and 2014) and Tony Parker (2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2013 and 2014).
Double best defender in the NBA (2018, 2019), is therefore worthy of the confidence placed in him by his leaders, he who has signed in recent months a contract at $ 205 million over five years. Enough to make him the highest paid French sportsman in history! “I feel stronger this season, but I don’t think it’s linked to signing the contract,” he recently told the Figaro. I feel stronger and stronger as a player, humanly too, but it’s the work that pays. After that, the contract means that I will be part of this team for quite a few years. We will be able to continue to aim for our objective, the title. ”
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Replacements for the All Star Game (March 7) :
Is : Jaylen Brown (Boston), James Harden (Brooklyn), Zach LaVine (Chicago), Julius Randle (New York), Ben Simmons (Philadelphia), Jayson Tatum (Boston), Nikola Vucevic (Orlando).
Where is : Anthony Davis (LA Lakers), Paul George (LA Clippers), Rudy Gobert (Utah), Damian Lillard (Portland), Donovan Mitchell (Utah), Chris Paul (Phoenix), Zion Williamson (New Orleans).