2. Who got snubbed from the Rising Stars Challenge?
Menze: Mike Scott. Hawks center Pero Antic was initially selected to play in the game, however a stress fracture in his ankle has sidelined him, leaving room for a replacement player… It would have been logical to select Scott, Antic’s teammate in Atlanta, who is averaging 11.6 points per game on about 46 percent shooting since the start of the new year, but it didn’t turn out that way as Suns center Miles Plumlee got the call. It also doesn’t make sense how Giannis Antetokounmpo (6.9 ppg, 10.63 PER) got an invite but Scott (9.1 ppg, 17.71 PER) didn’t.
Donoho: It has to be Mike Scott. Sure you could fit Ryan Kelly of the Lakers in there, but it’s hard to ignore Scott’s improvement. I’m not just saying that because I’ve been around the team and I see him up close, he really has been a big part of the Hawks’ success this season. Mason Plumlee shouldn’t be in when Mike Scott is available.
Morton: Homer pick (shocker!) is Mike Scott. He’s been a huge lift for the ailing Hawks offense amidst a load of injuries. You would figure the committee was choose a worthy Hawks replacement for Pero Antic who is unable to go but the Hawks getting snubbed is not a new development.
Perry: Terrance Ross. Ross deserved a spot almost by default after he put up 51 points in a game earlier in the season. When you consider the electrifying dunks he would have added to the least competitive event of the All-Star Weekend, he seems like a no-brainer to me.
Blue: 3rd Highest PER and Win Shares per 48 minutes for his team. Stepped up in the absence of his team’s best player. I was surprised Mike Scott didn’t replace Pero as an injury replacement, but I also remember wondering why Miles Plumlee wasn’t in the draft pool with Pero. The 2012 second round pick will get the attention he deserves eventually.
The Rising Stars Challenge will tip-off at 9 p.m. (ET) and be televised on TNT. Click here for the complete rosters for Team Hill and Team Webber.