All eyes shift to America’s windy city this weekend as Chicago host the NBA’s most anticipated star-studded three-day experience of the season, All-Star Weekend.
The Rising Stars Game takes place Friday and will showcase the NBA’s young talent at the franchises 69th All-Star weekend. But who are Give Me Sport’s ones to watch?
Date: Friday, Feb. 14
Time: 9 p.m. EST/ 2 a.m. GMT
Watch on Sky Sports/NBA League Pass
The league’s top-rated first and second-year players will come together in a Team USA vs. Team World format for the sixth consecutive year and here are the lineups.
Team World features Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Pelicans; Deandre Ayton, Suns; RJ Barrett, Knicks; Brandon Clarke, Grizzlies; Luka Doncic, Mavericks; Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Thunder; Rui Hachimura, Wizards; Svi Mykhailiuk, Pistons; Josh Okogie, Timberwolves; Moritz Wagner, Wizards.
Team USA features Miles Bridges, Hornets; Wendell Carter Jr., Bulls; Devonte’ Graham, Hornets; Tyler Herro, Heat; Jaren Jackson Jr., Grizzlies; Ja Morant, Grizzlies; Kendrick Nunn, Heat; Eric Paschall, Warriors; P.J. Washington, Hornets; Zion Williamson, Pelicans; Trae Young, Hawks.
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None of these names come as a surprise having being featured consistently as the breakout stars of the past two seasons but Canada has set the bar high this time around with four of its players taking a spot on the court. Although Raptors rookie Terence Davis missed out, Canada will be well represented by RJ Barrett (Knicks), Nickeil Alexander-Walker (Pelicans), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Thunder) and Brandon Clarke (Grizzlies).
The previous record was set at three during the 2015 Rising Star Game where Trey Lyles, Dwight Powell, and Andrew Wiggins kitted up for Team World. Wiggins (2015) and Jamal Murray (2017) have both won NBA Rising Stars MVP and this year’s roster is predicted to break even more records.
Last year, Team USA took the win with a 166-144 victory, but Team World is hoping to re-establish its 2015, 2018, 2019 dominance this year.
Out of the picks, Zion Williamson and Luka Doncic headline the rosters for this Friday’s game. Despite only just returning from his knee-injury, Williamson was selected by the NBA for Team USA to replace the injured Wendell Carter Jr, who is only expected to return after the All-Star break.
Doncic will be making his All-Star debut at United Center, and despite being out for seven straight games with the Dallas Mavericks due to a right ankle injury, is still at the top of many ‘one to watch’ lists.
Give Me Sport will continue to post All-Star news and updates this week so stay tuned.