It was announced on Thursday that Michael Carter-Williams, who has been dealing with a number of nagging injuries as of late, will miss the Rising Stars Challenge at All-Star weekend in Brooklyn. The culprit is the big toe injury that has kept him on the bench for the last three games.
But all is not lost for Sixers fans. It was also announced that none other than forward Robert Covington will be replacing MCW in the USA vs. the World game.
For Carter-Williams, his sophomore campaign has been one filled with injures. He has missed a total of 12 games thus far in 2014-15 season due to recovering from offseason shoulder surgury as well as calf and shin problems. At this point it’s unclear if MCW will still take part in the Skills Challenge during All-Star weekend or will use the break to recuperate and try to get back on the court in time for the Sixers game against the Indiana Pacers February 20.
On the other hand this has to feel like vindication for Covington, who went undrafted out of Tennessee State last year. Covington has been averaging 13.2 points, 1.5 assists and 4.7 rebounds this season and has assumed the bulk of the scoring responsibility with the loss of Tony Wroten for the year. He has also become very dangerous from beyond the arc, where he is shooting 39.5 percent and can’t seemingly go a game without hitting one from downtown.
The BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge takes place Friday, February 13 and can be seen on TNT at 9:00 PM Eastern time.