BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge Preview
For the second straight year, the Rising Stars Challenge is a United States vs. The World format.
Last year, the World Team won the game 121-112. This year sees a few new faces and some very great young talent.
The U.S. team seems to have an edge in terms of talent, as their roster consists of:
Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns)
Malcolm Brogdon (Milwaukee Bucks)
Marquese Chriss (Phoenix Suns)
Brandon Ingram (Los Angeles Lakers)
Frank Kaminsky (Charlotte Hornets)
Jahlil Okafor (Philadelphia 76ers)
D’Angelo Russell (Los Angeles Lakers)
Jonathon Simmons (San Antonio Spurs)
Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota Timberwolves)
Myles Turner (Indiana Pacers)
As far as the World Team, they are not short on talent, but injuries have hindered the power of their team. Both Joel Embiid and Emanuel Mudiay were picked to play but are out due to injury. Here are the players that will take the floor:
Alex Abrines (Oklahoma City Thunder/Spain)
Dante Exum (Utah Jazz/Australia)
Buddy Hield (New Orleans Pelicans/Bahamas)
Nikola Jokic (Denver Nuggets/Serbia)
Trey Lyles (Utah Jazz/Canada)
Willy Hernangomez (New York Knicks/Spain)
Jamal Murray (Denver Nuggets/Canada)
Kristaps Porzingis (New York Knicks/Latvia)
Domantas Sabonis (Oklahoma City Thunder/Lithuania)
Dario Saric (Philadelphia 76ers/Croatia)
The part that does help Team World is that they have four sets of teammates. However, when all is said and done, I think the U.S. Team will steal the title from them.
You can watch this game tonight on TNT at 8 p.m. CST.
Malachi David is a contributor here at MFST, you can follow him on Twitter: @SportReportMD