All-Star On-Court Events Begin Tonight

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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.


  1. okc2014 says:

    MCW and Oladipo are the top 2 rookies this year. But the spotlight is on MCW, and he will take it all away (Rookie of the Year).

  2. sjekern says:

    Oladipo is better than MCW, way more upside cause of his speed and explosiveness, which you can’t teach, and he is a way better defender/complete player! MCW, besides thad young, and occationally evan turner is philly’s only offense, orlando has jameer, vuc, harris, afflalo, mcw has more of a green light, not to mention he’s been a pg his entire life, and oladipo is having to learn a new position. end of story!

  3. Brek says:

    No John Henson (5th in the league in blocks per game off the bench usually) or Kendall Marshall the dime machine? It’s such a shame that they weren’t invited. Perhaps Henson gave up his spot to rookie teammate Giannis, otherwise I don’t get the snubs. One of the most exciting players and awesome picks off the free agent list in fantasy leagues this year.

  4. dustydreamnz says:

    I think MCW is clearly better than Oladipo at this stage. If Team Webber gel they should win easily.

  5. Kodi says:

    I want each and every youngsters well actually everybody to watch the interview “David Aldridge sits down with All-Star and 4-time MVP LeBron”. It’s amazing how Lebron answered the Mount Rushmore question. Always believe in your self don’t count your self out. It doesn’t matter what Aldridge or anybody say or any toys or article say. All these rookies need to know no matter what anyone say always believe on your self and do what you do at a best level. Every body needs to know never count your self out believe in yourself and live life moment don’t think back or imagine future concentrate now and believe in yourself… Dint let any negative people in media or anybody say give your self that first believe in yourself.. Thanx Lebron you are an inspiration to all of us even these people in media. They are trying so hard to inflict disbelieve but you are blessed, god won’t let you be inflict with disbelieve or discourage. Keep it up Lebron you are force to recon. You have created a ball sharing era rather than another ball hogging era. It’s a pleasure to see team work. God bless you all. Appreciate talent and be inspired and enhance your lives. Selected few has it. Don’t hate talent enjoy and be happy and use that to enhance yourself. Just like Lebron… Look at his idol he carefully learnt about each and every one since he was young playing.

  6. Mark says:

    Am I the only one who can see that Oladipo is 10 times better than MCW?

  7. a says:

    Team webber will win this!

  8. Anthony says:

    I’m disappointed that the LA Lakers are not represented there on the court this years ALL STAR games