Mike Conley became one of the oldest first-time all stars in NBA history on Friday, the 33-year-old Utah Jazz player replacing Devin Booker in Sunday's annual showcase event. For the past several years, the Jazz guard has been considered one of the NBA's best players to have never been chosen to play in an all-star game. He was added to Team LeBron as an replacement for Phoenix Suns Booker, who has an injured left knee.
Booker was hurt in the first quarter of a victory over Golden State on Thursday. He appeared to bump knees with Golden State's Kent Bazemore and fell to the floor with a grimace on his face. He remained in the game and finished with 16 points.
MVP is by far and away the toughest call. Right now, I'm leaning towards Embiid, who has been a two-way force this season and has the 76ers at the top of the Eastern Conference standings, but Nikola Jokic and LeBron James aren't far behind him. I mean, Jokic is averaging a near 30-point triple-double — with ridiculous efficiency, I should add — while LeBron continues to defy Father Time with his play on both ends of the court.