Center discusses team's victory and his selection as an NBA All-Star. Rod Beard
Detroit — The Pistons ended up with an All-Star, after all.
Center Andre Drummond was added to the All-Star team on Tuesday night, replacing Washington Wizards guard John Wall, who was selected as a reserve, but will miss the next six to eight weeks because of a knee injury.
It’s the second All-Star selection in the last three years for Drummond, who is having the best season of his career, with All-Star-worthy numbers: 14.3 points, an NBA-best 15 rebounds and a career-high 3.9 assists. He’s improved his biggest weakness, hitting 63 percent on free throws — an increase of more than 23 percentage points over last season.
After the reserves — voted on by NBA coaches — were announced last week, Drummond felt that he was snubbed, as they selected Kristaps Porzingis, Al Horford and Kevin Love from the Eastern Conference.
This year’s All-Star Game features teams picked by captains LeBron James and Steph Curry, for the first time, a departure from the traditional team structure by conference. Drummond will be a reserve on Team LeBron, which has a loaded starting lineup: James, Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, Kyrie Irving and the injured DeMarcus Cousins.
The All-Star Game will be Feb. 18 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.