The BBVA Rising Stars Challenge -- televised live nationally on TNT at 9 p.m. ET and broadcast live on ESPN Radio, with live audio also available on NBA.com in multiple languages -- features two teams each consisting of nine rookies and sophomores mixed together, 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).
This marks the second straight year rookies and sophomores will be mixed together on teams. The BBVA Rising Stars Challenge Draft is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 7, televised exclusively 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 over TEAM SHAQ 146-133.
Following the announcement of each team on Feb. 7, for the first time ever 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 garnering the top 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 in-arena on the night of the game.
The head coaches for both teams will be the lead assistant coaches from the 2013 NBA All-Star Game coaching staffs. The East and West coaching staffs will be determined by the best record in each conference through games played Feb. 3. The Chicago Bulls' and Oklahoma City's staffs, by virtue of having helmed the sidelines of the 2012 All-Star game, are not eligible to coach this year's game.
Below is the roster for the 2013 BBVA Rising Stars Challenge:
2013 BBVA Rising Stars Challenge Player Pool
Harrison Barnes Golden State F 6-8 210 North Carolina/USA R
Bradley Beal Washington G 6-5 207 Florida/USA R
Anthony Davis New Orleans F 6-10 220 Kentucky/USA R
Andre Drummond Detroit C 6-10 270 Connecticut/USA R
Kenneth Faried Denver F 6-8 228 Morehead State/USA 1
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Charlotte G-F 6-7 232 Kentucky/USA R
Kyrie Irving Cleveland G 6-3 191 Duke/USA 1
Brandon Knight Detroit G 6-3 189 Kentucky/USA 1
Kawhi Leonard San Antonio F 6-7 225 San Diego State/USA 1
Damian Lillard Portland G 6-3 195 Weber State/USA R
Chandler Parsons Houston F 6-9 207 Florida/USA 1
Alexey Shved Minnesota G 6-6 182 CSKA/Russia R
Klay Thompson Golden State G 6-7 205 Washington State/USA 1
Tristan Thompson Cleveland F 6-9 227 Texas/USA 1
Nikola Vucevic Orlando C 7-0 240 USC/USA 1
Dion Waiters Cleveland G 6-4 215 Syracuse/USA R
Kemba Walker Charlotte G 6-1 185 Connecticut/USA 1
Tyler Zeller Cleveland F/C 7-0 250 North Carolina/USA R
Previous BBVA Rising Stars Challenge Results
1994 - Phenoms 74, Sensations 68 1995 - White 83, Green 79 (OT) 1996 - East 94, West 92 1997 - East 96, West 91 1998 - East 85, West 80 2000 - Rookies 92, Sophomores 81 (OT) 2001 - Sophomores 121, Rookies 113 2002 - Rookies 103, Sophomores 97 2003 - Sophomores 132, Rookies 112 2004 - Sophomores 142, Rookies 118 2005 - Sophomores 133, Rookies 106 2006 - Sophomores 106, Rookies 96 2007 - Sophomores 155, Rookies 114 2008 - Sophomores 136, Rookies 109 2009 - Sophomores 122, Rookies 116 2010 - Rookies 140, Sophomores 128 2011 - Rookies 148, Sophomores 140 2012 - TEAM CHUCK 146, TEAM SHAQ 133
Last year Kawhi made it to the rookie game too!
But we did not get to see him since he was injured and Pop did not allow him to play... At least he made it though!!!!
So GREAT to hear how K Leonard (This Phenom Kid) made it this year too!!!
“I asked them if it wasn't too much trouble, if I wasn't being too pushy, if they could execute what we were trying to do. And if it didn't make them too angry, if they also wanted to play some defense on the other end, that would be great.”
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