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Hawks’ Antic out of All-Star Weekend Rising Stars Challenge, Suns’ Plumlee in

Feb 7, 2014, 5:42 PM EDT

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Pero Antic was a guy not a lot of NBA fans have seen much of, the Hawks reserve big man who is really a stretch 4/5 (57 percent of his shots have been threes), but he’s a guy with real potential in the league.

He’s also a guy with a stress fracture in his right ankle, which is going to keep him out of the Rising Stars Challenge Friday night of All Star Weekend in New Orleans.

Phoenix big man Miles Plumlee has been selected to replace Antic in the Friday night showcase of the league’s best, the league announced Friday.

It’s a good selection — no disrespect to Antic intended, but Plumlee should have been in the pool of players to start with. Plumlee is averaging 9.3 points a game on 51 percent shooting, plus pulling down 8.6 rebounds a game. He has been a solid big man in the middle, something to balance out the great play Phoenix has gotten from Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe (when he’s healthy).

Plumlee will play for Team Hill, selected by Grant Hill of TNT and coached by Nate McMillan of the Indiana Pacers.

  1. money2long - Feb 7, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    yeah you guys beat me to it. why wasn’t plumlee in the original group???? why was his brother in before him ? weird

    • 00maltliquor - Feb 8, 2014 at 3:01 AM

      And you beat me to it too, damn you guys!

      Lol yeah that was my very first thought right before I clicked open the article. Very weird. Suns players aren’t getting no live that weekend for some reason. Dragic should be an All-Star and Gerald Green should be in every dunk contest until he retires! lol

      • 00maltliquor - Feb 8, 2014 at 3:03 AM

        *no love

  2. theblackrook - Feb 7, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    And John Henson is disrespected two years in a row.

    • moseskkim - Feb 7, 2014 at 6:54 PM

      wow so true. i dunno bout last year but he is ballin this year. how does some dude named antic who just started getting some minutes cuz horford went down then got hurt himself get selected? you reach, i antic

  3. 2016olympics - Feb 7, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    Jimmy Butler should be in this game for sure.

    • moseskkim - Feb 7, 2014 at 6:53 PM

      jimmy butler year 3..

      • 2016olympics - Feb 7, 2014 at 6:54 PM

        Oops you’re right, thank you.

      • ranfan12 - Feb 9, 2014 at 2:12 AM

        ESPN threw me off with the 2 years experience thing.

  4. imthedudedude - Feb 7, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    Should have been that way all along

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