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The New York Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis, who has earned two Kia NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month awards in a row highlights the list of 20 players selected to play in the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, Feb. 12 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto during NBA All-Star 2016.
For the second consecutive year, the league’s annual showcase of premier young talent will pit 10 first- and second-year NBA players from the United States against 10 first- and second-year NBA players from around the world. TNT will televise the game live at 9 p.m. ET, part of Turner Sports’ 31st year of All-Star coverage. BBVA Compass is the Official Bank of the NBA in the U.S. and maintains its role as title partner for the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge.
The World Team is anchored by Andrew Wiggins, who ranks 15th in the NBA in scoring (20.8 ppg), and Porzingis, who is third among rookies in scoring (14.0 ppg) and first in blocked shots (2.0 bpg). In last year’s BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge, Wiggins scored 22 points and earned MVP honors in the World Team’s 121-112 victory over the U.S. Team.
Wiggins is one of two Toronto-born players on this year’s World Team roster, along with Dwight Powell of the Dallas Mavericks. Rounding out the World Team are Bojan Bogdanovic of the Brooklyn Nets, Clint Capela of the Houston Rockets, Mario Hezonja of the Orlando Magic, Nikola Jokic and Emmanuel Mudiay of the Denver Nuggets, Nikola Mirotic of the Chicago Bulls and Raul Neto of the Utah Jazz.
The NBA’s assistant coaches chose the rosters for the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge, selecting four guards, four frontcourt players and two players at either position for each team. The coaches also picked a minimum of three first-year players and three second-year players for each team.
NBA All-Star 2016 in Toronto will bring together some of the most talented and passionate players in the league’s history for a global celebration of the game. Along with the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge, Air Canada Centre will also host State Farm All-Star Saturday Night on Saturday, Feb. 13 and the 65th NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 14. Other events at NBA All-Star 2016 include the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game and the NBA Development League All-Star Game presented by Kumho Tire. This will be the first NBA All-Star held outside the U.S.
Below are the rosters for the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge and a list of previous results:
U.S. TEAM ROSTER
Player Team Pos. Ht. Wt. School Experience
Jordan Clarkson Lakers G 6-5 194 Missouri 1
Rodney Hood Jazz G 6-8 206 Duke 1
Zach LaVine T’wolves G 6-5 189 UCLA 1
Nerlens Noel 76ers F/C 6-11 228 Kentucky 1
Jahlil Okafor 76ers C 6-11 275 Duke R
Jabari Parker Bucks F 6-8 250 Duke 1
Elfrid Payton Magic G 6-4 185 UL-Lafayette 1
D’Angelo Russell Lakers G 6-5 195 Ohio State R
Marcus Smart Celtics G 6-4 220 Oklahoma State 1
Karl-Anthony Towns T’wolves C 7-0 244 Kentucky R
Clint Capela Rockets F/C 6-10 240 Elan Chalon/Switzerland 1
Mario Hezonja Magic G/F 6-8 218 FC Barcelona/Croatia R
Nikola Jokic Nuggets C 6-10 250 KK Mega Vizura/Serbia R
Emmanuel Mudiay Nuggets G 6-5 200 Guangdong/Rep. of Congo R
Raul Neto Jazz G 6-1 179 UCAM Murcia/Brazil R
Kristaps Porzingis Knicks F/C 7-3 240 Cajasol Sevilla/Latvia R
Dwight Powell Mavericks F/C 6-11 240 Stanford/Canada 1
Andrew Wiggins T’wolves G/F 6-8 199 Kansas/Canada 1