NEW YORK: Utah Jazz rookie forward Trey Lyles will replace Chicago’s injured Nikola Mirotic on the World team in the NBA All-Star Game Rising Stars Challenge next week in Toronto.
The league announced on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) that Mirotic, a second-year forward from Montenegro averaging 10.6 points and 5.9 rebounds in 44 games, will miss the game after having an appendectomy and a hematoma removal.
The global squad will face a US lineup in the matchup of rookies and second-year NBA players on February 12, two days before the NBA All-Star Game.
Lyles, the 12th overall pick in last year’s NBA Draft, averages 4.7 points and 4.0 rebounds over 45 games for the Jazz, who are 22-25 and 1.5 games behind Portland for the final playoff position in the Western Conference.
The 20-year-old from Saskatoon becomes the third Canadian on the World roster, joining Dwight Powell of the Dallas Mavericks and Andrew Wiggins of the Minnesota Timberwolves.