Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis was finally rewarded for his stellar play in the first half of the season by being named to the NBA All-Star game to replace the injured Kobe Bryant.
The decision is sure to be a popular one for the home town folks with the game set for next Sunday in New Orleans.
Davis was nearly chosen as a reserve, but missed by one spot in voting by Western Conference head coaches.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver chooses the replacement for injured players.
Bryant was voted by fans to start the Feb. 16 game, but is still recovering from a broken knee.
Davis, who was the first overall draft pick in 2012 is averaging 20.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, and a league-leading 3.3 blocks per game. Bryant has played in just six games this season because of his recovery from an Achilles tendon tear as well as a fractured left tibia that was suffered in mid-December.