The NBA has officially announced the 20 rookies and sophomores who have been named to the league’s Rising Stars game for All-Star weekend. Those 20 players, selected by assistant coaches from around the league, will be divided into a U.S. Team and a World Team, as follows:
- Devonte’ Graham, G (Hornets)
- Tyler Herro, G (Heat)
- Ja Morant, G (Grizzlies)
- Kendrick Nunn, G (Heat)
- Trae Young, G (Hawks)
- Miles Bridges, F (Hornets)
- Jaren Jackson Jr., F (Grizzlies)
- Eric Paschall, F (Warriors)
- PJ Washington, F (Hornets)
- Zion Williamson, F (Pelicans)
- Note: Selected to replace injured Bulls center Wendell Carter.
- Nickeil Alexander-Walker, G (Pelicans) — Canada
- Luka Doncic, G (Mavericks) — Slovenia
- Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, G (Thunder) — Canada
- Josh Okogie, G (Timberwolves) — Nigeria
- RJ Barrett, G/F (Knicks) — Canada
- Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, G/F (Pistons) — Ukraine
- Brandon Clarke, F (Grizzlies) — Canada
- Rui Hachimura, F (Wizards) — Japan
- Deandre Ayton, C (Suns) — Bahamas
- Moritz Wagner, C (Wizards) — Germany
Williamson’s inclusion is notable since he has appeared in just four games due to injuries. It’s not surprising that the NBA found a way to get him into the game, since he’s one of the most exciting prospects to enter the league in years, but it’s a tough break for youngsters who have been on the court since the fall for contenders, such as Sixers wing Matisse Thybulle. or Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr.
Snubbed players like Thybulle, Porter, and others could eventually make their way into the Rising Stars game if players have to pull out due to injuries, or if All-Stars like Doncic and Young opt not to play in both events.
The Rising Stars game will take place in Chicago on Friday, February 14.