The announcement included two selections from the NBA's best team, the Phoenix Suns, in Chris Paul and Devin Booker. The Mavericks' Luka Doncic, Utah's Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, Minnesota's Karl-Anthony Towns, and Golden State's Draymond Green all rounded out the selections.
As Green announced live on TNT shortly after the choices were revealed, he won't be participating in the All-Star Game due to his injury. "I won't be able to play in the All-Star Game so he may have a chance to get rewarded by Commissioner Silver. I hope that comes to fruition for him," said Green of Murray to the TNT crew.
Green wasn't the only NBA player past or present to publicly endorse Murray as his replacement.
NBA players call for Murray to be Named as All-Star replacement
Unsurprisingly, Jamal Crawford was one of the first to campaign for his Seattle friend, and it wasn't the first time. While he didn't expressly call for him as the replacement, his message was pretty clear.
Veteran point guard Isaiah Thomas, who last played for the Dallas Mavericks on a 10-day contract on December 29th, shared a similar message.
Retired big man Spencer Hawes, who was also born in Seattle, Washington, also told Commissioner Adam Silver what he thinks.
The biggest competition for Murray as a replacement are names like Anthony Edwards, Anthony Davis, and Brandon Ingram. Davis has missed 40% of the season while Murray's all-around statistics should theoretically give him the edge over the other two.
It'll be up to Commissioner Silver to correct his mistake of selecting Mike Conley as an All-Star replacement over DeMar DeRozan last season. Let's hope he makes the right call this time.