With NBA All-Star Weekend rapidly approaching, with New Orleans set to host on February 17-19, the league revealed the rosters for the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge Wednesday afternoon. The two rosters consist of ten players each, with ten rookie and second-year players from the United States making up one team and ten from around the world making up the other.
Of the 20 players selected by the NBA, 12 have a year of NBA experience under their belts with the other eight being in their rookie season. Among the eight rookies is Philadelphia center Joel Embiid, who was drafted in 2014 but did not play in the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons. Embiid, who is currently out of the Sixers lineup with a knee injury, could also be named a reserve for the All-Star Game. Also currently sidelined with a knee injury is Los Angeles Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell, who is on the United States roster.
The reserves for the 66th NBA All-Star Game will be revealed on Thursday, January 26 at 7:00 p.m. Eastern on TNT.
The BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge will be played Friday, February 17 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern at the Smoothie King Center, and it will be broadcast on TNT. Below are the two rosters for this year’s Challenge.
United States Roster
G Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns)
G Malcolm Brogdon (Milwaukee Bucks)
F Marquese Chriss (Phoenix Suns)
F Brandon Ingram (Los Angeles Lakers)
C Frank Kaminsky (Charlotte Hornets)
C Jahlil Okafor (Philadelphia 76ers)
G D’Angelo Russell (Los Angeles Lakers)
G/F Jonathon Simmons (San Antonio Spurs)
C Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota Timberwolves)
C Myles Turner (Indiana Pacers)
C Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers/Cameroon)
G Dante Exum (Utah Jazz/Australia)
G Buddy Hield (New Orleans Pelicans/Bahamas)
C Nikola Jokic (Denver Nuggets/Serbia)
F Trey Lyles (Utah Jazz/Canada)
G Emmanuel Mudiay (Denver Nuggets/DR Congo)
G Jamal Murray (Denver Nuggets/Canada)
F Kristaps Porzingis (New York Knicks/Latvia)
F Domantas Sabonis (Oklahoma City Thunder/Lithuania)
F Dario Saric (Philadelphia 76ers/Croatia)