Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 at 4:06 pm  |  23 responses

NBA Announces Rising Stars Challenge Participants

The NBA announced today the list of players for this season’s Rising Stars Challenge. Shaq and Charles Barkley will draft their teams on February 7, and fans will be able to vote online for the starters before the game, which will be played Friday, February 15 in Houston to kick off All-Star 2013. Here’s who made the “Rookie-Sophomore” game:

Anthony Davis (Hornets), Damian Lillard (Blazers), Harrison Barnes (Warriors), Brad Beal (Wizards), Andre Drummond (Pistons), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Bobcats), Alexey Shved (Timberwolves), Dion Waiters (Cavs) and Tyler Zeller (Cavs).

Kyrie Irving (Cavs), Kenneth Faried (Nuggets), Brandon Knight (Pistons), Kawhi Leonard (Spurs), Chandler Parsons (Rockets), Klay Thompson (Warriors), Tristan Thompson (Cavaliers), Nikola Vucevic (Magic) and Kemba Walker (Bobcats).

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  • freaky zeke

    No Isaiah Thomas on the Soph team. Kings are at Boston tonight. With no Rondo, expect I.T. to make a big statement tonight.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    They should rename the Sophomores the 8K’s.

  • rob stewart

    No Isaiah Thomas? This is garbage then!

  • Caboose

    Ok so:
    1. Lillard vs Kyrie
    2. Beal vs Thompson
    3. Barnes vs Kawhi
    4. Davis vs Faried
    5. Drummond vs Vucevic
    B. Kidd Gilchrist, Shved, Waiters, Zeller vs Parsons, Knight, Walker, Thompson
    This may be the best matched Rising Stars game in a LONG time.

  • go knicks

    what happend with pablo prigioni, he migth be there

  • Caboose


  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    No Terrence Ross? Boo-urns.

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    It’s not vs anymore… Shaq and Barkley pick the teams now… I think.

  • Caboose

    Dam. You’re right. THEY SHOULDN’T DRAFT THIS YEAR.

  • Caboose

    Why is everyone so high on 11-3-2 Isaiah?

  • Caboose

    Must mean he’s in the dunk contest right??

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Definitely a snub.

  • Caboose

    I disagree, who would you knock off?

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Kawhi Leonard. He’s missed 19 games this season. Only averaging 9 points and 5 rebounds a game.

  • Go Kiwi

    So? The game is more than statistics

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    19 games missed has nothing to do with statistics. That’s almost half the season.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    It may be because he completes an astonishing 75% (LeBron-like) of his shots at the rim.

  • Ifuxswititdoe

    Yeah he definitely made a statement….

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000166716900 Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    We can only pray

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000166716900 Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    I totally see where you are coming from but Kawhi plays on a more talented team that is winning and has proven before what he is capable of . Isaiah is no slouch himself, but however, his numbers on a lottery team that is going nowhere fast. It is more of an argument to opt for for thomas over walker IMO even though I still think Kemba is th better player………..on a completely unrelated note wtf is quincy miller.lbvs

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000166716900 Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    There is all the more reason to believe that the rookies can not only beat the sophomores but also blow them out. It is only possibility so no one bite my head off, but looking at these rosters It is highly possible. I just can’t wait to see Drummond for a whole game.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000166716900 Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    Hmm that is truly remarkable given his size

  • http://www.facebook.com/brett.23.owen Brett Owen

    I disagree… the sophs would win this in a blowout… Kyrie>Lillard, Thompson>Beal, Kawhi>Barnes, Faried=Davis, Vucevic>Drummond, Parsons>MKG, Knight>Shved, Walker>Waiters, Thompson>Zeller.