For the second time in its history the great city of New Orleans will play host to NBA All-Star weekend.
The fun kicks off tonight with the Rising Stars game, it will display the NBA’s young up and coming players. The BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge televised live nationally on TNT at 9 p.m. ET and broadcast live on ESPN Radio, with live audio also available on NBA.com in multiple languages, features two teams each consisting of nine rookies and sophomores mixed together, drafted from a pool selected by the NBA’s assistant coaches. This marks the third straight year rookies and sophomores will be mixed together on teams.
If these young studs decide to take this game seriously, it will be a good one.
Michael Carter-Williams, the Kia NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for games played in October/November, leads all first year players in scoring (17.4 ppg), assists (6.7 apg), rebounding (5.6 apg) and steals (2.41 spg). Davis, the league leader in blocks (3.27 bpg), is averaging a double-double with 20.4 points and 10.4 rebounds. Lillard, the 2012-13 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year has the Trail Blazers near the top of the Western Conference standings thanks to averages of 20.6 points and 5.6 assists.
Orlando Magic rookie guard Victor Oladipo is having a great season so far, averaging 13.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4 assists per game while shooting 41% from the field.
Team Chris Webber:
Michael Carter-Williams, G, Philadelphia 76ers
Tim Hardaway Jr., G, New York Knicks
Trey Burke, G, Utah Jazz
Jared Sullinger, F, Boston Celtics
Mason Plumlee, F, Brooklyn Nets
Victor Oladipo, G, Orlando Magic
Steven Adams, C, Oklahoma City Thunder
Kelly Olynyk, C, Boston Celtics
Team Grant Hill:
Damian Lillard, G, Portland Trail Blazers
Bradley Beal, G, Washington Wizards
Andre Drummond, C, Detroit Pistons
Harrison Barnes, F, Golden State Warriors
Terrence Jones, F, Houston Rockets
Giannis Antetokounmpo, G, Milwaukee Bucks
Jonas Valanciunas, C, Toronto Raptors
Dion Waiters, G, Cleveland Cavaliers
Pero Antic, C, Atlanta Hawks