Victor Oladipo Selected for Rising Star Challenge
Orlando Magic rookie guard Victor Oladipo was selected to participate in the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge during the 2014 NBA All-Star Weekend. Magic fans can watch the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, February 14 at 9:00 p.m. ET on TNT.
The Rising Stars Challenge consists of rookies and sophomores who are selected by NBA’s assistant coaches. The roster will be finalized at a later date by TNT personalities. Fans will vote online to decide who will be in the starting lineup.
Currently Oladipo is averaging 13.9 points per game, 4.5 rebounds per game, 3.8 assists per game and a team-high of 1.57 steals per game.
The young rookie ranks 19th in the NBA in steals. Among rookies, Oladipo also ranks second in scoring, fourth in rebounding, third assists, fifth in field goal percentage, second in steals, fifth in blocked shots and second in minutes played.
Oladipo was named NBA’s Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for the month of December. He recorded his first career triple-double with 26 points, 10 boards and 10 assists against the Philadelphia 76ers on Dec. 3. He has scored in double figures in 36 of his 46 NBA games and has tallied over 20 points six times, including a career high of 35 points against the Chicago Bulls on Jan. 15.
Oladipo will be joined by 17 additional players in the Rising Stars Challenge.
Player Pool for Rising Stars Challenge:
Steven Adams – Oklahoma City – Center – Rookie
Pero Antic – Atlanta – Center- Rookie
Giannis Antetokounmpo – Milwaukee – Guard/Forward – Rookie
Harrison Barnes – Golden State – Forward – 1 yr. experience
Bradley Beal – Washington – Guard – 1 yr. experience
Trey Burke - Utah- Guard – Rookie
Michael Carter-Williams – Philadelphia – Guard – Rookie
Anthony Davis – New Orleans – Forward/Center – 1 yr. experience
Andre Drummond – Detroit – Center – 1 yr. experience
Tim Hardaway, Jr. – New York – Guard – Rookie
Terrence Jones – Houston – Forward – 1 yr. experience
Damian Lillard – Portland – Guard – 1 yr. experience
Victor Oladipo – Orlando – Guard – Rookie
Kelly Olynyk - Boston – Forward/Center – Rookie
Mason Plumlee – Brooklyn – Forward/Center – Rookie
Jared Sullinger – Boston – Forward/Center – 1 yr. experience
Jonas Valanciunas – Toronto – Center – 1 yr. experience
Dion Waiters – Cleveland – Guard – 1 yr. experienceVictor Oladipo Selected for Rising Star Challenge by Mary Stevens