Happy All-Star Weekend!
These next three days will be filled with top-notch NBA events and festivities as tonight starts the celebrations with the Rising Stars Challenge.
In case you’re not familiar, the Rising Stars Challenge tips off the first night of the All-Star festivities and features a mix of the NBA’s top rookies and sophomores competing in a glorified pick-up game.
Former All-Star ballers, and current Turner Sports NBA analysts, Grant Hill and Chris Webber are the “general managers” of each team and were in charge of drafting the players.
The head coaches for each team are the lead assistant coaches from the 2014 NBA All-Star Game coaching staffs. Indiana Pacers assistant Nate McMillan will coach Team Hill while Oklahoma City Thunder assistant Rex Kalamian will man the sidelines for Team Webber.
Sponsored by BBVA Compass, the Rising Stars Challenge will tip-off at 9 p.m. (ET).
Here are the rosters for the Rising Stars Challenge:
- Damian Lillard (Blazers, Sophomore)
- Bradley Beal (Wizards, Sophomore)
- Dion Waiters (Cavaliers, Sophomore)
- Harrison Barnes (Warriors, Sophomore)
- Giannis Antetokounmpo (Bucks, Rookie)
- Terrence Jones (Rockets, Sophomore)
- Andre Drummond (Pistons, Sophomore)
- Jonas Valanciunas (Raptors, Sophomore)
- Miles Plumlee** (Suns, Sophomore)
** Plumlee replaces Hawks’ injured center Pero Antic
- Trey Burke (Jazz, Rookie)
- Michael Carter-Williams (76ers, Rookie)
- Victor Oladipo (Magic, Rookie)
- Tim Hardaway Jr. (Knicks, Rookie)
- Jared Sullinger (Celtics, Sophomore)
- Anthony Davis (Pelicans, Sophomore)
- Kelly Olynyk (Celtics, Rookie)
- Steven Adams (Thunder, Rookie)
- Mason Plumlee (Brooklyn, Rookie)
Stay tuned for a special Rising Stars Challenge 5-on-5 piece which we’ll post this afternoon.
Also, check back tonight for the Rising Stars Challenge recap.
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