New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis has been named to the Western Conference All-Star team as the injury replacement for Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant.

Davis was considered an All-Star snub because of the large steps forward he has taken in his second pro season. The No. 1 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft is averaging 20.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.3 blocks.

Davis will play in the game in his home arena, the newly named Smoothie King Center.

"It's a great opportunity for me. I'm excited to play in the game," Davis told reporters. Pelicans coach Monty Williams gave him the news, he said.

"When coach said it. I was speechless. I didn't know what to say. I'm glad they chose me. I'll try to go out and represent New Orleans and the Pelicans."

Davis plans to still take part in the Rising Stars Challenge for rookies and second-year players.

Bryant has not played since he fractured his left tibia in December. He played in six games for the Lakers in his return from the Achilles' surgery he underwent last season.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.