Pelicans' Anthony Davis out of All-Star game; Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki in

Pelicans star Anthony Davis to sit out NBA All-Star Game with shoulder injury

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis announced Wednesday night he will not participate in the NBA All-Star game in New York this weekend because of a right shoulder sprain.

"After careful thought and consideration, I’ve decided I will not be participating in this year’s NBA All-Star competitions," Davis said in a statement on the team website. "I want to thank the fans for voting me into the All-Star game and I am sorry I will not be able to play."

Davis, in his third NBA season, is fourth in the league in scoring (24.5) and first in blocked shots (2.74). He averages 10.3 rebounds and has 29 double-doubles.

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki will take Davis' spot on the roster for the game Sunday at Madison Square Garden

The 36-year-old Nowitzki is averaging 18.3 points and 5.9 rebounds and will be making his 13th appearance in the All-Star game.

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard and Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins previously were named Western Conference replacements for the game and Atlanta Hawks forward Kyle Korver was named an Eastern Conference sub Tuesday. 

The Pelicans (27-26) are currently on the outside of the Western Conference playoffs in the 10th seed behind the Oklahoma City Thunder (28-25) and Phoenix Suns (29-25).

Davis has missed seven games this season because of injury.

"More than anything, I am anxious to get healthy and back on the court with my teammates after the All-Star break," Davis said.

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9:57 p.m.: Adds information Dirk Nowitzki will replace Anthony Davis in All-Star Game. 

This story was originally published at 8:38 p.m.

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