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Rising Stars Challenge list chosen
NEW YORK -- All-Star Blake Griffin and rookie guards Kyrie Irving and Ricky Rubio headline the list of 18 players chosen for the Rising Stars Challenge to be held during All-Star weekend.
In this year's new format, first- and second-year players will be mixed in the Feb. 24 game in Orlando. TNT analysts Charles Barkley and Shaquille O'Neal will serve as general managers and draft players for their teams.
Other second-year players chosen Wednesday were John Wall (Washington), DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento), Landry Fields (New York), Paul George (Indiana), Gordon Hayward (Utah), Greg Monroe (Detroit), Tiago Splitter (San Antonio) and Evan Turner (Philadelphia).
The rookies joining No. 1 pick Irving and Rubio are Kemba Walker (Charlotte), MarShon Brooks (New Jersey), Brandon Knight (Detroit), Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio), Markieff Morris (Phoenix), Tristan Thompson (Cleveland) and Derrick Williams (Minnesota).
Jeremy's emergence is obviously too late to be in this game... but why wasn't Shump selected?
I mean, it's hard to say who of those selected I would replace for Shump (maybe Markieff Morris, Tristan Thompson or Evan Turner), but despite his struggles he is among rookies 6th ppg, 3rd in assists and 2nd in steals.
Maybe this will light a fire under him to continue proving his worth.
At least Landry Fields was chosen.