Zion Williamson to replace Joel Embiid in Team Durant starting lineup

Published March 8, 2021, 7:00 AMNBA.com News Services

New Orleans' star big man will fill in for displaced starter Joel Embiid.

New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson will replace Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid in the starting lineup for Team Durant in the 2021 NBA All-Star Game, which will be played today at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, the NBA announced.

According to NBA rules, if an All-Star Game starter is unable to participate in the game after the All-Star Draft has been conducted, the head coach of his All-Star team will name a replacement starter from that team’s group of reserves.  Team Durant head coach Doc Rivers of the 76ers selected Williamson to replace Embiid, who will not play today in accordance with the NBA’s Health and Safety Protocols.

Williamson will be the fourth youngest All-Star starter in NBA history, behind only Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and Magic Johnson.

One Sports and NBA TV Philippines on Cignal will air the NBA All-Star 2021 on March 8. The Taco Bell® Skills Challenge and the MTN DEW® 3-Point Contest will start at 7:30 AM. The NBA All-Star Game coverage will begin at 9:00 AM, with the AT&T Slam Dunk taking place at halftime.

Team Durant starters:

  • Bradley Beal (Wizards)
  • Kyrie Irving (Nets)
  • Kawhi Leonard (Clippers)
  • Jayson Tatum (Celtics)
  • Zion Williamson (Pelicans)

Team LeBron starters:

  • Stephen Curry (Warriors)
  • Luka Doncic (Mavericks)
  • LeBron James (Lakers)
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (Bucks)
  • Nikola Jokic (Nuggets)