All-Star Weekend begins Friday night with the 2019 NBA Rising Stars Challenge at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The game starts at 9 p.m. ET and will be televised on TNT, but if you don’t have cable, you can watch a live stream of the game on your computer, phone, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku or other streaming device via one of the following cable-free, live-TV options:
TNT is one 75-plus live channels included in FuboTV’s main package, which is largely tailored towards sports fans.
You can start a free 7-day trial of FuboTV right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, or other supported device via the FuboTV app.
If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of Cloud DVR (with the ability to upgrade to 500 hours), as well as a handy “72-Hour Lookback” feature, which will allow you to watch the game on-demand up to three days after it airs even if you don’t record it.
In addition to their extensive Netflix-like streaming library, Hulu now also offers a bundle of 50-plus live TV channels, including TNT.
You can sign up for “Hulu with Live TV” right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Echo Show, or other streaming device via the Hulu app.
If you can’t watch live, “Hulu with Live TV” also comes with 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of DVR space and the ability to fast forward through commercials).
TNT is included in both the “Sling Orange” and “Sling Blue” channel packages.
You can start a free 7-day trial of Sling TV right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, or other streaming device via the Sling TV app.
If you can’t watch live, you can get 50 hours of cloud DVR storage as an additional add-on.
2019 Rising Stars Challenge Preview
The contest pits Team USA against Team World, two squads of 10 made up of rookies and second-year players, a format the league started using in 2015.
The surprising Sacramento Kings unsurprisingly have the most players in the contest: rookie big man Marvin Bagley and sophomore point guard De’Aaron Fox will represent the United States against second-year Serbian wing Bogdan Bogdanovic.
“I think it’s a credit to our organization and to those guys,” Kings head coach Dave Joerger said, according to The Sacramento Bee. “They’re deserving of their talent being recognized, but also the hard work they’ve put in and all of the guys who support them, (including) our training staff and our coaching staff. Everybody’s working hard together to develop guys as much as possible going forward for future years, and to see them being recognized for that is terrific.”
The Kings are 30-27, one game out of the Western Conference’s eighth seed. Fox leads the team in assists (7.2) and steals (1.7) per game, and is second at 17.2 points per game.
Bagley has played all but one of his games off the bench, leading the team at one block per game. Among rookies, he’s sixth in scoring (13.3 points per game) and fourth in rebounding (6.9 per game).
Bogdanovic plays primarily off the bench as well, and is third on the team in scoring (14.8) and second in assists per game (4).
“It’s going to be exciting,” Bagley said, per the Bee. “We were just talking about how crazy it is that we all were picked for it. … We’re just going to try to enjoy it and see what happens.”
The Brooklyn Nets and the Atlanta Hawks are the only other teams with more than one participant, at two apiece. Two Los Angeles Lakers, American sophomores Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma, got the nod, but Ball will sit out with an injury.
Second-year Nets center Jarrett Allen will represent the US against his teammate Rodions Kurucs, a rookie forward from Latvia.
“He’s gotten stronger. I still think there’s a lot of growth there though,” Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson said of Allen, according to NBA.com. “There’s a lot of untapped potential. He’s become more assertive, but I still think there’s room to grow there, being more assertive, more aggressive. But, a 20-year-old guy starting at center for a team that’s improving and getting better.”
The Nets are 31-30, good for sixth place in the East.
Here’s how the Rising Stars Challenge squads stack up:
- Jarrett Allen, Nets
- Marvin Bagley III, Kings
- Lonzo Ball (injured), Lakers
- John Collins, Hawks
- De’Aaron Fox, Kings
- Jaren Jackson Jr., Grizzlies
- Kevin Knox, Knicks
- Kyle Kuzma, Lakers
- Donovan Mitchell, Jazz
- Jayson Tatum, Celtics
- Trae Young, Hawks
- OG Anunoby, Raptors
- Deandre Ayton, Suns
- Bogdan Bogdanovic, Kings
- Luka Doncic, Mavericks
- Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Clippers
- Rodions Kurucs, Nets
- Lauri Markkanen, Bulls
- Josh Okogie, Timberwolves
- Cedi Osman, Cavs
- Ben Simmons, Sixers
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