NEW ORLEANS – Hometown favorite Anthony Davis of the Pelicans, reigning Rookie of the Year Damian Lillard of the Trail Blazers and 2013-14 favorite Michael Carter-Williams of the 76ers are among 18 first- and second-year players scheduled to participate in the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge as All-Star festivities move to the court tonight at the Smoothie King Center.
Also tonight, the Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game will be held at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
The team selected by Chris Webber includes Davis, Carter-Williams, Kelly Olynyk and Jared Sullinger (Boston), Mason Plumlee (Brooklyn), Tim Hardaway Jr. (New York), Steven Adams (Oklahoma City), Victor Oladipo (Orlando), and Trey Burke (Utah). It will be coached by Rex Kalamian, part of the Thunder staff under Scott Brooks that will coach the Western Conference All-Stars in the main event Sunday.
The team selected by Grant Hill is comprised of Lillard, Miles Plumlee (Phoenix), Dion Waiters (Cleveland), Harrison Barnes (Golden State), Terrence Jones (Houston), Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee), Andre Drummond (Detroit), Jonas Valanciunas (Toronto) and Bradley Beal (Washington). Atlanta’s Pero Antic had originally been selected, but will miss the event because of injury. Team Hill will be coached by Nate McMillan, part of the Pacers staff under Frank Vogel that will coach the Eastern Conference squad Sunday.