The future of the NBA will be on display Friday night, as the Association’s best rookies and sophomores take part in the annual Rising Stars Challenge.
For the second year, the game will pit Team USA against Team World, and with this year’s exhibition being played on international soil at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, the format may just carry a little extra meaning.
Here’s a look at everything you need to know to watch, along with the rosters for both teams:
Rising Stars Challenge Viewing Info
Date: Friday, February 12, 2016
Time: 9 p.m. ET
TV Channel: TNT in the United States, TSN in Canada, SportsNet One in Canada
Rising Stars Challenge Rosters
Jordan Clarkson, Los Angeles Lakers
Rodney Hood, Utah Jazz
Zach LaVine, Minnesota Timberwolves
Nerlens Noel, Philadelphia 76ers (out due to injury)
Jahlil Okafor, Philadelphia 76ers
Jabari Parker, Milwaukee Bucks
Elfrid Payton, Orlando Magic
D’Angelo Russell, Los Angeles Lakers
Marcus Smart, Boston Celtics
Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves
Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns
Bojan Bogdanovic, Brooklyn Nets
Clint Capela, Houston Rockets
Mario Hezonja, Orlando Magic
Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets
Nikola Mirotic, Chicago Bulls (out due to injury)
Emmanuel Mudiay, Denver Nuggets
Raul Neto, Utah Jazz
Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks
Dwight Powell, Dallas Mavericks
Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota Timberwolves
Trey Lyles, Utah Jazz
Rising Stars Challenge MVP Prediction
So many of these young, explosive players are built for All-Star games, as their athleticism makes them walking highlight-reels whenever they’re able to get out and run, which is exactly what these exhibitions–or glorified practices–allow them to do. Wiggins proved that last year, when he poured in 22 points to win MVP.
Being a sophomore who has already had success in the game, there’s always the chance he steps back and lets some of the rookies take center stage, but with the game being played in Wiggins’ home country of Canada, that isn’t likely to be the case. You can bet he’ll be out there looking to put on a show.
No one in this game has ever won back-to-back MVPs, but this sets up perfectly for Wiggins to become the first.