What Time & Channel Is the Rising Stars Challenge on Tonight?

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Andrew Wiggins will look to defend his Rising Stars Challenge MVP in his home country. (Getty)

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

Live Stream: Sling TV; TNTDrama.com; TSN.ca; SportsNet Now. You can click here for a complete rundown of live stream options.

Rising Stars Challenge Rosters

Team USA

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

Team World

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.

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