Rising Stars Challenge roster is released
by USA TODAY Sports, USA TODAY
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving and rookies Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Hornets and Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers, headline the list of 18 players selected for the 2013 BBVA Rising Stars Challenge to be played Friday, Feb. 15, at the Toyota Center in Houston.
Irving was the 2012 NBA Rookie of the Year and is on this year’s Eastern Conference All-Star team.
Davis, the overall No. 1 selection in the 2012 NBA Draft presented by State Farm, is tied for the rookie lead in rebounds (7.6 per game) and ranks first in blocks (1.8). Lillard has won consecutive Western Conference Rookie of the Month awards, and is leading first-year players in scoring (18.1 ppg) and assists (6.6 apg).
The BBVA Rising Stars Challenge — televised live nationally on TNT at 9 p.m. ET and broadcast live on ESPN Radio features two teams consisting of nine rookies and sophomores, drafted from a pool selected by the NBA’s assistant coaches.
Joining Irving from the Sophomore class are: Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets), Brandon Knight (Detroit Pistons), Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs), Chandler Parsons (Houston Rockets), Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors), Tristan Thompson (Cleveland Cavaliers), Nikola Vucevic (Orlando Magic), and Kemba Walker (Charlotte Bobcats).
Davis and Lillard lead a group of rookies that includes Harrison Barnes (Warriors), Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards), Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Bobcats), Alexey Shved (Minnesota Timberwolves), Dion Waiters (Cavaliers), and Tyler Zeller (Cavaliers).
The draft is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 7 on TNT at 7 p.m. ET. TNT analysts Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal will again serve as the general managers of Team Chuck and Team Shaq. Last year in Orlando, Irving netted a game-high 34 points and MVP honors as he led Team Chuck to a 146-133 win.
Fans will be able to vote online from both their computer and mobile device for the starters of each team. The starting lineups will be determined by the players getting the most votes for their respective positions, with two backcourt and three frontcourt spots for each team. The announcement of the starting lineup will be made in broadcast and … [For more on Rising Stars Challenge roster is released, click here.]