The NBA will announce the full rosters for 2017’s All-Star Game this Thursday, but in the meantime, the league has revealed which players will participate in the weekend’s Rising Stars Challenge. This year’s 20 participants were confirmed by the NBA today in a press release.
Here are 2017’s Rising Stars rosters:
- Devin Booker, G (Suns)
- Malcolm Brogdon, G (Bucks)
- Marquese Chriss, F (Suns)
- Brandon Ingram, F (Lakers)
- Frank Kaminsky, C (Hornets)
- Jahlil Okafor, C (Sixers)
- D’Angelo Russell, G (Lakers)
- Jonathon Simmons, G/F (Spurs)
- Karl-Anthony Towns, C (Timberwolves)
- Myles Turner, C (Pacers)
- Joel Embiid, C (Sixers)
- Dante Exum, G (Jazz)
- Buddy Hield, G (Pelicans)
- Nikola Jokic, C (Nuggets)
- Trey Lyles, F (Jazz)
- Emmanuel Mudiay, G (Nuggets)
- Jamal Murray, G (Nuggets)
- Kristaps Porzingis, F (Knicks)
- Domantas Sabonis, F (Thunder)
- Dario Saric, F (76ers)
Some of this year’s choices are no-brainers — players like Embiid, Porzingis, and Towns have made strong cases to play in the All-Star Game itself. However, some of the picks are up for debate — Chriss, Ingram, and Exum are among the players whose contributions this season have been modest.
The rosters for the Rising Stars Challenge won’t necessarily inspire the same sort of passion and fervor that the All-Star starters and reserves will. But we’re still curious to know what you think of this year’s picks. Are there any players on these rosters that you think should be replaced? Any guys that should be participating in this game that you’re surprised not to see on either list above?
Jump into the comments section below and let us know what you think!