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2014 Rising Stars Challenge rosters set; Anthony Davis taken with first overall pick

Feb 6, 2014, 10:31 PM EDT

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The Rising Stars Challenge kicks off the All-Star weekend festivities that Friday night, and features a mix of the game’s top rookies and sophomores competing in the exhibition.

Teams used to be separated by seniority, which often times meant a blowout victory for the second-year players. But the league has since created a draft of all available players, in hopes of making it a more competitive contest.

Anthony Davis and Damian Lillard went one-two this year, and the rest of the teams (drafted by TNT analysts Grant Hill and Chris Webber) shook out as follows:


Giannis Antetokounmpo     Milwaukee

Pero Antic                       Atlanta

Harrison Barnes           Golden State

Bradley Beal                   Washington

Andre Drummond        Detroit

Terrence Jones              Houston

Damian Lillard              Portland

Jonas Valanciunas       Toronto

Dion Waiters                  Cleveland


Steven Adams               Oklahoma City

Trey Burke                      Utah

Michael Carter-Williams    Philadelphia

Anthony Davis               New Orleans

Tim Hardaway, Jr.        New York

Victor Oladipo               Orlando

Kelly Olynyk                   Boston

Mason Plumlee             Brooklyn

Jared Sullinger               Boston

The starters will be determined by fan voting, and the head coaches are the lead assistant coaches from the 2014 NBA All-Star Game coaching staffs. The Indiana Pacers Nate McMillan will lead TEAM HILL and the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Rex Kalamian will man the sidelines for TEAM WEBBER.

Here’s a look back at the 2013 game, which featured a 40-point performance from Kenneth Faried that earned him MVP honors.

  1. vikesdynasty - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    A lot of no name players. Drafts have been pretty weak lately.

    • thundercocck - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:25 PM

      Just like your Vikings.

      • moseskkim - Feb 7, 2014 at 12:45 PM

        ooooooooooohhhhh burned lol

  2. vikesdynasty - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    Nice user name, I bet you drive a HUGE truck.

    • thundercocck - Mar 17, 2014 at 4:47 AM

      Actually I drive a Dodge Dart. I need to balance it out b/c having a big truck and a big dlck just isn’t fair.

  3. tomtravis76 - Feb 6, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    Cwebb has a big team with a little bit of Michigan flavor.

    Can’t jalen and Chris just get along…damn.

    • chadley71 - Feb 7, 2014 at 6:40 AM

      if webber would only stop denying that he took money while at college like the other 4 did.

  4. ranfan12 - Feb 7, 2014 at 1:58 AM

    i’m guessing Isaiah Thomas isn’t eligible to play or something because i swear he’s getting overlooked for everything possible in 2014.

  5. money2long - Feb 7, 2014 at 2:07 AM

    there’s a mouse on the manimal

  6. vikesdynasty - Feb 7, 2014 at 2:47 AM

    Isiah is in his 3rd season.

    • naterich21 - Feb 7, 2014 at 3:53 PM

      ranfan12 doesn’t even pay attention to who he’s a fan of

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