PHOENIX — For the first time in his career, Devin Booker is an NBA All-Star.
The Phoenix Suns guard was named an All-Star replacement after Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard announced he would not play in the game because of a muscle strain.
Booker has averaged more than 26 points and six assists through the first 55 Suns games of the season headed into the All-Star break.
In his fifth season, Booker is on pace to set new career-highs in scoring, field goal percentage, free throw percentage and minutes played.
Earlier this season Booker became the fourth-youngest player in NBA history to score 7,000 points. He is the youngest guard in league history to score 7,000, passing Kobe Bryant for the record.
The last Suns player to make an NBA All-Star roster was Steve Nash in the 2011-2012 season.
NBA All-Star Weekend takes place February 14-16 in Chicago.