Cleveland Awarded Another Hometown Hero For All-Star Game

One player's misfortunate is another's opportunity. When James Harden announced that he would not be playing the All-Star Game in Cleveland this coming weekend, it opened up an opportunity for a deserving replacement. And the Cavaliers' own Jarrett Allen has gotten the nod from commissioner Adam Silver. 

Allen joins his teammate Darius Garland representing the hometown fans in the star-studded game. The 23-year-old 7-footer has taken a big leap in this, his 2nd season with the Cavs. Averaging a career-best 16.2 points and 11.1 rebounds, along with a defensive presence around the basket that's helped the Cavs to the 3rd-best defensive efficiency in the NBA. 

Ironically, Allen replaces the man he was part of the trade package for last season, when the Brooklyn Nets sent Allen and others to Cleveland as part of the deal that brought them James Harden, who has now been sent to Philadelphia. 

Others under consideration were Pascal Siakam of the Toronto Raptors and Jaylen Brown of the Boston Celtics, along with Milwaukee Bucks' guard Jrue Holiday. 

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