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Anthony Davis and Terrence Jones to play in Rising Stars Challenge

The rosters for this year’s Rising Stars Challenge have been released and two former Wildcats will participate in the game. Anthony Davis and Terrence Jones are among the 18 NBA rookies and sophomores invited to play in the 2014 BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge as part of NBA All-Star weekend next month.

A look at the 18-player pool:

Steven Adams, Oklahoma City
Pero Antic, Atlanta
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee
Trey Burke, Utah
Michael Carter-Williams, Philadelphia
Tim Hardaway, Jr., New York
Victor Oladipo, Orlando
Kelly Olynyk, Boston
Mason Plumlee, Brooklyn

Harrison Barnes, Golden State
Bradley Beal, Washington
Anthony Davis, New Orleans
Andre Drummond, Detroit
Terrence Jones, Houston
Damian Lillard, Portland
Jared Sullinger, Boston
Jonas Valanciunas, Toronto
Dion Waiters, Cleveland


Article written by Drew Franklin

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15 Comments for Anthony Davis and Terrence Jones to play in Rising Stars Challenge

  1. Craig B
    6:03 pm January 29, 2014 Permalink

    No MKG???

  2. DB11
    6:13 pm January 29, 2014 Permalink

    What a joke. AD should be in the REAL all stars game.

    • TheLaw
      6:24 pm January 29, 2014 Permalink

      He still has a chance to be on the actual All-Star team (along with Boogie and Wall). The reserves are announced tomorrow (only the starters have been released so far).

    • ukbradstith
      8:25 pm January 29, 2014 Permalink

      He will be.

  3. Bear
    6:14 pm January 29, 2014 Permalink

    Does no one know that game day tickets are sale right now at ticket master

  4. Lance
    6:23 pm January 29, 2014 Permalink

    The NBA all-star game is just a popularity contest. Based on advanced statistics, Wall and Davis would be starting for the Eastern Conference and Cousins would be a reserve on the West squad.

    • TheLaw
      6:26 pm January 29, 2014 Permalink

      Definitely. Do you know if the coaches still get to pick some (or all) of the reserves? If so, hopefully one of them will make the right choice.

    • RJ
      7:07 pm January 29, 2014 Permalink

      Yes, it is a popularity contest. That is the point. The fans get to select who they want to see.

      But only the starters are voted on by the fans. The coaches select all of the reserves.

  5. Craig B
    6:26 pm January 29, 2014 Permalink

    Looking at these rosters, AD and Lillard should both be in the East/West ASG… which they could still be, as reserves.

  6. SP
    6:28 pm January 29, 2014 Permalink

    can anyone quickly find the number of years the guys on the rookie team played in college? Im guessing none of them are 1. Maybe we should show this to the current UK squad.

    • RJ
      7:21 pm January 29, 2014 Permalink

      Considering there were only five freshmen/one-and-dones selected in the top 20 last year, it isn’t that surprising that there’s only one playing in this game.

      The status of those one and dones:

      Anthony Bennett has played all year and been absolutely terrible, until his last game. He was having one of the worst seasons ever for a #1 draft pick. But that’s what you get when Cleveland has the first pick in the draft.

      Nerlens has not played due to injury.

      Ben McLemore should be in this game and I have no clue why he was not. I guess they already had too many guards? But he’s having a better season than Giannis Antetokounmpo.

      Steven Adams was a one and done and he is in this game. He’s also averaging a whopping 3.8 points per game for the year and is probably only in this game because he’s 7 feet tall.

      Shabazz Muhammed was the fifth one and done taken. Hahahahaha. Do I really need to say anything else about him and why he’s not in this game?

  7. brain
    7:10 pm January 29, 2014 Permalink

    The sophs by 35.

    • RJ
      7:31 pm January 29, 2014 Permalink

      I wish it still worked that way, but unfortunately it doesn’t. The NBA changed it in 2012 to make it more fair for the freshmen.

      What happens now is the coach of each team drafts their players round robin style so each team is a mix of rookies and sophs.

    • RJ
      7:35 pm January 29, 2014 Permalink

      Okay, Drew, why does the correct, full spelling of sophs flag posts for moderation? Are we not even allowed to talk about players who stay for two years of something anymore?

  8. Daniel
    9:27 pm January 29, 2014 Permalink

    It’s a crime if Davis isn’t on the all star team