The NBA announced Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time) that Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors will take the place of the injured Tiago Splitter of the San Antonio Spurs, in the Rising Stars game of the NBA All-Star Weekend.
Splitter suffered a strained right calf in the Spurs' game against the Los Angeles Clippers last Saturday (Sunday, PHL time). It was announced Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) that he would miss the next two weeks.
The Brazilian Splitter was Charles Barkeyl's last pick in the draft between him and fellow TNT on NBA analyst Shaquille O'Neal, before commissioner Kenny Smith randomly doled out the remaining four players.
Splitter, a 2007 late first-round pick by the Spurs, joined the team last season, and averaged 9.4 points and 5.2 rebounds before his injury.
Favors on the other hand, was the third overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, selected by the New Jersey Nets before being traded to the Utah Jazz as part of the Deron Williams deal. Favors is norming 8.1 points and 5 rebounds this year.
The Rising Stars game, which has O'Neal and Barkley coaching teams of rookies and sophomores they drafted against each other, will be aired on Friday, February 24 (Saturday, Feb. 25, PHL time). - AMD , GMA News