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2017 Rising Stars Challenge Rosters announced - Jan 25, 2017


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The Minnesota Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns (7'0''-F/C-95, college: Kentucky), last season's unanimous NBA Rookie of the Year, and the Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid (7'0''-C-94, college: Kansas), who has won both NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month awards this season, highlight the list of 20 players selected by the league's assistant coaches to play in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, Feb. 17 during NBA All-Star 2017 in New Orleans. For the third consecutive year, the league's annual showcase of premier young talent will pit 10 first- and second-year NBA players from the U.S. against 10 first- and second-year NBA players from around the world. The game will be televised live by TNT at 9 p.m. ET. Towns, who helped the U.S. Team defeat the World Team 157-154 in last year's Rising Stars Challenge, is one of two NBA players averaging at least 22.0 points and 11.0 rebounds this season (the New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Davis is the other). The U.S. Team also features the Phoenix Suns' Devin Booker (6'6''-SG-96, college: Kentucky), who is averaging 20.6 points and has scored at least 20 in each of his last 10 games, and the Indiana Pacers' Myles Turner (6'11''-C/F-96, college: Texas), who ranks third in the NBA in blocked shots (2.30 bpg) to go with 15.7 points and 7.6 rebounds. Joining Towns, Booker and Turner on the U.S. Team are Malcolm Brogdon (6'5''-G-92, college: Virginia) of the Milwaukee Bucks, Marquese Chriss (6'9''-F-97, college: Washington) of the Suns, Brandon Ingram (6'8''-SF-97, college: Duke) and D'Angelo Russell (6'5''-SG-96, college: Ohio St.) of the Los Angeles Lakers, Frank Kaminsky (7'0''-F-93, college: Wisconsin) of the Charlotte Hornets, Jahlil Okafor (6'11''-C-95, college: Duke) of the 76ers and Jonathon Jonathan Simmons (6'6''-G-89, college: Houston) of the San Antonio Spurs.
The World Team is anchored by Embiid (Cameroon), who leads all rookies in scoring (19.8 ppg), rebounding (7.8 rpg) and blocks (2.47 bpg), as well as two members of the 2015-16 NBA All-Rookie First Team in Serbian center Nikola Jokic (6'10''-C-95, agency: BeoBasket) of the Denver Nuggets (15.2 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 3.9 apg this season) and Latvian forward Kristaps Porzingis (7'3''-C/F-95) of the New York Knicks (18.9 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.92 bpg). Jokic is one of three Nuggets players on the World Team, along with Emmanuel Mudiay (6'5''-G-96, agency: Three Eye Sports) (Democratic Republic of the Congo) and Jamal Murray (6'6''-F/G-97, college: Kentucky) (Canada). Rounding out the World Team are Dante Exum (6'6''-PG-95) (Australia) and Trey Lyles (6'9''-F/G-95, college: Kentucky) (Canada) of the Utah Jazz, Buddy Hield (6'4''-G-93, college: Oklahoma) (Bahamas) of the Pelicans, Domantas Sabonis (6'10''-F/C-96, college: Gonzaga) (Lithuania) of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Dario Saric (6'10''-PF-94, agency: BeoBasket) (Croatia) of the 76ers. NBA opening night rosters for the 2016-17 season featured a record 113 international players from a record 41 countries and territories. This marked the third consecutive season that opening night rosters included at least 100 international players and that all 30 teams had at least one international player. The NBA's assistant coaches chose the rosters for the 2017 Rising Stars Challenge, with each of the league's 30 teams submitting one ballot per coaching staff. Coaches selected four guards, four frontcourt players and two players at either position group for each team. They also picked a minimum of three first-year players and three second-year players for each team. The head coaches for the NBA Rising Stars Challenge will be lead assistant coaches from the 2017 NBA All-Star Game coaching staffs. The East and West coaching staffs are determined by the best record in each conference through games played on Sunday, Feb. 5. Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr and his staff have earned the honor for the West, while the East coaching staff has yet to be determined. Below are the rosters for the 2017 NBA Rising Stars Challenge and a list of past results:  




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