On Monday afternoon, Shams Charania made the announcement on Twitter that Murray would be replacing Draymond Green in the game while LaMelo Ball would be replacing Kevin Durant for the Eastern Conference.
The selection marks the first time the Spurs have an All-Star selection since LaMarcus Aldridge was chosen during the 2018-19 season. After the reserves were announced last week, Draymond announced he wouldn't be able to play due to injury and endorsed for Murray to be selected live on TNT.
The choice seemed like an obvious no-brainer since, despite the Spurs' poor record, Dejounte is averaging 19.6 points, 9.2 assists, 8.4 rebounds, and 2.1 steals per game this season. Still, it wasn't a given that Commissioner Adam Silver would make the right choice, as he selected Mike Conley as an injury replacement over DeMar DeRozan last season despite the latter's superior stats in virtually every category.
As we've previously written, Murray's All-Star selection should have numerous positive effects for the team going forward beyond just the individual recognition. We'll have more on that in the coming days. For now, congratulations to the Spurs' rising point guard for getting some much-deserved attention for his efforts in this rebuilding season.
The NBA All-Star Game is set to take place on Sunday, February 20th, at 8 p.m. ET.