Irving, Davis, Lillard Headline Rising Stars Challenge

 

Kyrie Irving, the reigning NBA Rookie of the Year and a 2013 NBA All-Star, and rookies Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Hornets and Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers headline the list of 18 players selected for the 2013 Rising Stars Challenge to be played Friday, Feb. 15, in Houston during NBA All-Star 2013.

Davis, the overall No. 1 selection in the 2012 NBA Draft, is tied for the rookie lead in rebounds (7.6 rpg) and ranks first in blocks (1.8 bpg).

Lillard has won consecutive Kia NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month awards, and is leading first-year players in scoring (18.1 ppg) and assists (6.6 apg).

The Rising Stars Challenge — televised live nationally on TNT at 9 p.m. ET — 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).

Below is the roster for the 2013 BBVA Rising Stars Challenge:

2013 BBVA Rising Stars Challenge Player Pool

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Player              Team   Pos.   Ht.    Wt.   Home  Exp

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

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