De’Aaron Fox is expected to be named as an injury replacement All-Star reserve, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski:
Minnesota's Anthony Edwards, Toronto's Pascal Siakam and Sacramento's De'Aaron Fox are expected to be named the three All-Star reserve replacements for Feb. 19 game in Salt Lake City, sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 10, 2023
With two open spots, Fox and Anthony Edwards made the most sense as they had been widely viewed as the most deserving players to not get selected by coaches.
The great thing about this for Fox is that it will ease the path to future selections. All-Star selections are weirdly built around reputation and narrative, and once a player has been an All-Star once it’s generally easier for them to be selected again. And once you’re an All-Star, even if it’s as an injury replacement, it still counts the same.
Kings fans may recall that DeMarcus Cousins finally broke through and made the All-Star game as an injury replacement. Domantas Sabonis’ first All-Star appearance was also an injury replacement.
We’ll still be waiting for the official announcement, but for the time being we say congratulations to De’Aaron Fox. This is well deserved.
Update: Well that was fast. The announcement is now official.
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards, Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox and Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam have been named by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver as injury replacements for the 2023 NBA All-Star Game. pic.twitter.com/JEkb07WPYa
— NBA Communications (@NBAPR) February 10, 2023