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spreadeagle
01-29-2014, 07:20 PM
While the All-Star Game itself is an exhibition for the biggest names in basketball, a sneaky fun part of All-Star Weekend is always the Rising Stars Challenge ó watching the games best young players put on a little show.

And there are plenty of good young players to showcase this season.

Last seasonís Rookie of the Year Damian Lillard of Portland will be joined by the guy leading that race this season ó Michael Carter-Williams of the Philadelphia 76ers ó in this yearís edition of the Rising Stars Challenge. The game takes place Friday night of All-Star weekend, Feb. 14, in New Orleans.

Lillard likely will pull double duty on the weekend, playing in the All-Star Game on Sunday as well (itís likely the coaches select him as a reserve). Itís possible Anthony Davis of the Pelicans, who has put up monster numbers the last couple games, will join him Ė Davis also is scheduled for the Rising Stars Challenge.

Joining Davis and Lillard as second-year players with an invite are (Harrison Barnes (Warriors), Bradley Beal (Wizards), Andre Drummond (Pistons), Terrence Jones (Rockets), Jared Sullinger (Celtics), Jonas Valanciunas (Raptors) and Dion Waiters (Cavaliers).

Other rookies in the game besides Carter-Williams are Steven Adams (Thunder), Pero Antic (Hawks), Giannis Antetokounmpo (Bucks), Trey Burke (Jazz), Tim Hardaway, Jr. (Knicks), Victor Oladipo (Magic), Kelly Olynyk (Celtics), and Mason Plumlee (Nets).

How Miles Plumlee of the Phoenix Suns got snubbed is an interesting question. For that matter Draymond Green has played better than Barnes in Golden State.

Eventually the rookies and sophomores will be drafted into teams, then once those teams are set fans will be able to go online at NBA.com and vote for what players should start on both teams. The coaches for the teams will be an assistant from the staff of Scott Brooks of the Thunder and Frank Vogel in Indiana (those are the two All-Star Game coaches, their lead assistants have to work Friday night, too).

spreadeagle
01-29-2014, 07:21 PM
http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/01/29/michael-carter-williams-anthony-davis-damian-lillard-all-in-all-star-weekend-rising-stars-challenge/

mrblisterdundee
01-29-2014, 07:29 PM
So they watered down the lineup just to include more rookies. Why not cut the rookies out of it this year and have an all-sophomore game? They're just so much better.

spreadeagle
01-29-2014, 07:30 PM
No T Ross? he just dropped 51 smh,

bholly
01-29-2014, 07:41 PM
So they watered down the lineup just to include more rookies. Why not cut the rookies out of it this year and have an all-sophomore game? They're just so much better.

Well because then they'd be watering it down just to include more sophomores. Guys like MCW, Burks, Oladipo, Giannis are there on merit, not just because they have to have rookies.

Stunner
01-29-2014, 07:51 PM
Really Mason over Snell ?

JNA17
01-29-2014, 07:52 PM
No Ryan Kelly?! Blasphemy I say!

b_russ
01-29-2014, 08:16 PM
MKG, Snell and Ross got snubbed.

RipCity32
01-29-2014, 08:30 PM
Replace Barnes with Ross, also why No Henson or Plumlee?

Duncan = Donkey
01-29-2014, 08:42 PM
No Miles Plumlee:speechless: **** off whoever snubbed him

Duncan = Donkey
01-29-2014, 08:43 PM
And i just noticed Mason Plumlee made it over him:pity:

NBA_Starter
01-29-2014, 08:54 PM
MKG, Snell and Ross got snubbed.

This :(

THE MTL
01-29-2014, 09:25 PM
And i just noticed Mason Plumlee made it over him:pity:

Miles is a sophomore. Its more like Jonas making it over him.

Stunner
01-29-2014, 09:41 PM
Miles is a sophomore. Its more like Jonas making it over him.

Shouldn't even matter , there are more 2nd year players in the pools anyway . Let he players who deserve to get in .

pd7631
01-29-2014, 09:48 PM
Pero Antic.....really? Nothing like a 32 year old "rising" star that isn't any good.

Duncan = Donkey
01-29-2014, 10:03 PM
Miles is a sophomore. Its more like Jonas making it over him.

Really?:rolleyes:

I thought it didnt matter though, as they are more sophomore players anyway

sunsfan88
01-30-2014, 01:24 AM
How Miles Plumlee of the Phoenix Suns got snubbed is an interesting question. For that matter Draymond Green has played better than Barnes in Golden State.
Plumlee didn't make it? What a f***ing joke. Can't wait til Stern's dumb*** is kicked to the curb.

Goose17
01-30-2014, 06:00 AM
If any Warrior is going to make it then it should be Draymond Green, he's been great for us and deserves some recognition. Barnes has been playing like garbage.

Chrisclover
01-30-2014, 06:33 AM
Where is the historically dominant player Anthony Bennet ?He is the second No. 1pick of cle since LBJ.
:facepalm:

Drummond#1
01-30-2014, 06:37 AM
Plumlee, Marshall, Caldwell-Pope, Ross all got snubbed. What a joke. This might be the worst basketball game ever played in the NBA.

dalton749
01-30-2014, 07:47 AM
its about rising STARS
a guy who dropped 51 last week and already won the dunk contest should be guaranteed a spot
but ross will probably be the late announcement since he will be there anyway

Stunner
01-30-2014, 10:59 AM
Yea Kendall Marshall should have been there

1-800-STFU
01-30-2014, 11:04 AM
Harrison Barnes is playing like complete ***. It's a joke he's included.

Nick O
01-30-2014, 11:49 AM
lol antic??? sure hes been decent. but a rising star!?!? lol hes already passed his prime. and ughhhhh wheres ross :( .. and no mkg damn.

WITZ
01-30-2014, 02:05 PM
Where is the historically dominant player Anthony Bennet ?He is the second No. 1pick of cle since LBJ.
:facepalm:

Probably hanging out with the #3,4,5,6,7, & 8th picks of the draft since non of those guys made the team either :pity:

Chrisclover
01-30-2014, 10:01 PM
Probably hanging out with the #3,4,5,6,7, & 8th picks of the draft since non of those guys made the team either :pity:
i dont get the GMs.they had been doing all these scouting job all year long and then picked who they wanted,yet the top 8 except Oladipo all missed the rising star challenge.Isnt it ironic?Somebody need to be responsible for it

NBA_Starter
01-30-2014, 11:36 PM
Harrison Barnes is playing like complete ***. It's a joke he's included.

I don't understand it.