Rising Stars Challenge to Feature U.S. vs International Players

by January 22, 2015

The NBA announced Wednesday that it’s changing the format of the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge, pitting first-and second-year players from the United States versus those from around the world.

A record 101 international players from 37 countries and territories were on opening-night rosters to start the season season.

The event will take place Friday, Feb. 13 as part of NBA All-Star Weekend.

From the press release:

The league’s assistant coaches will select 10 U.S. players and 10 international players for the game, with one ballot for each of the NBA’s 30 teams. Both 10-man rosters will include four guards, four frontcourt players and two players regardless of position. Each team will also feature a minimum of three first-year players and three second-year players among its 10 spots.


The head coaches for each team will be an assistant from the 2015 NBA All-Star Game coaching staffs. The Eastern Conference and Western Conference All-Star Game coaches will be determined by the best record in the conference through games played on Sunday, Feb. 1.


Canada boasts a league-high total of six international first- and second-year players, half of the record 12 Canadians in the NBA this season, including the No. 1 overall picks in each of the last two NBA Drafts. Australia has a combined four international first- and second-year players, half of the record eight Australians in the NBA this season.