2014 Rising Stars Challenge: Damian Lillard, Anthony Davis headline

Dec 21, 2013; Portland, OR, USA; New Orleans Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis (23) reaches in to try and steal the ball from Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard (0) during the first quarter of the game at the Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

On Wednesday the NBA released the lineup for the 2014 Rising Stars Challenge, which will take place during All-Star weekend. The exhibition game features the brightest talents among rookies and sophomores. Anthony Davis and Damian Lillard are the two biggest names that are selected, and here is this year’s lineup:

Joining Davis and Lillard among sophomores selected to participate are the Golden State Warriors’ Harrison Barnes, the Washington Wizards’ Bradley Beal, the Detroit Pistons’ Andre Drummond, the Houston Rockets’Terrence Jones, the Boston Celtics’ Jared Sullinger, the Toronto Raptors’ Jonas Valanciunas and the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Dion Waiters.

Carter-Williams is joined in the player pool by fellow rookies Steven Adams of the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Atlanta Hawks’ Pero Antic, the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Utah Jazz’s Trey Burke, the New York Knicks’ Tim Hardaway, Jr., the Orlando Magic’s Victor Oladipo, the Boston Celtics’ Kelly Olynyk, and the Brooklyn Nets’ Mason Plumlee.

(via NBA.com)

The two biggest snubs are probably Terrence Ross, who recently exploded for a career-high 51-point night, and has been producing at a consistent level since the Toronto Raptors traded Rudy Gay, and Ben McLemore, who took down the Western Conference rookie of the month honors in November.


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