Wiggins, Carter-Williams headline BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge

VIDEO: USA vs. World in new format for Rising Stars

HANG TIME BIG CITY — The BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge has always served as All-Star Weekend’s showcase for first- and second-year NBA players, using a variety of different formats from rookies versus sophomores to a fantasy draft.

This year, though, it’s us against them. No matter which team you’re rooting for.

This season, the Rising Stars Challenge introduces a new format, with players from the United States going against a team of international players. The rosters were selected by the league’s assistant coaches, with one ballot for each of the NBA’s 30 teams. Both 10-man rosters include four guards, four frontcourt players and two players regardless of position. Each team also features a minimum of three first-year players and three second-year players among its 10 spots.

This year’s edition showcases 10 of the top 15 picks from the 2013 NBA Draft, and all four participants in the 2015 Sprite Slam Dunk. The Minnesota Timberwolves are the most represented team, with four Timberwolves split evenly between the two teams. The Utah Jazz will have three players involved, and the Brooklyn Nets, Philadelphia 76ers, Minnesota Timberwolves and Orlando Magic each are sending two players.

Team USA is heavy on perimeter and wing players, including Utah’s Trey Burke, Detroit’s Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Philadelphia’s Michael Carter-Williams, Minnesota’s Zach LaVine and Shabazz Muhammad, and Orlando’s starting backcourt of Elfrid Payton and Victor Oladipo.

The World Team will be heavy on big men, including Oklahoma City’s Steven Adams, Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, Minnesota’s Gorgui Dieng, Utah’s Rudy Gobert, Chicago’s Nikola Mirotic and Boston’s Kelly Olynyk. Canada will be the most represented international country with Olynyk and Minnesota’s Andrew Wiggins.

The BBVA Rising Stars Challenge is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 13, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The head coaches for the 21st BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge will be assistants from the 2015 NBA All-Star Game coaching staffs. Hawks assistant coach Kenny Atkinson will lead the World Team, and Golden State Warriors assistant Alvin Gentry will coach the U.S. Team. The game will be televised live on TNT at 9 p.m. ET.

USA Team
Trey Burke (Utah)
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Detroit)
Michael Carter-Williams (Philadelphia)
Zach LaVine (Minnesota)
Shabazz Muhammad (Minnesota)
Nerlens Noel (Philadelphia)
Victor Oladipo (Orlando)
Elfrid Payton (Orlando)
Mason Plumlee (Brooklyn)
Cody Zeller (Charlotte)

World Team
Steven Adams (Oklahoma City)
Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee)
Bojan Bogdanovic (Brooklyn)
Gorgui Dieng (Minnesota)
Dante Exum (Utah)
Rudy Gobert (Utah)
Nikola Mirotic (Chicago)
Kelly Olynyk (Boston)
Dennis Schröder (Atlanta)
Andrew Wiggins (Minnesota)


  1. mike jordan says:

    world team looks more dangerous on the outside..also in the paint..but the americans are highly competitive and talented also.. ill go for the world team, with its great presence inside

  2. magooharvin says:

    Where is Otto Porter Jr.?

  3. dustydreamnz says:

    I’ll go for a tie.

  4. harriethehawk says:

    World Team is looking really good! Can’t wait to see Shroeder and Adams, my favorites!!!

  5. Jeff says:

    the most interesting part of this article is where the international players are originally from. OH WAIT…

  6. Alb says:

    Alex Len is better than Steven Adams, Bojan Bogdanovic, Gorgui Dieng, Rudy Gobert, Nikola Mirotic & Kelly Olynyk. It didn’t even cross my mind that he might not be selected.

  7. OverseasNBAfan says:

    This is great idea for new format with so much young talent from around the world now, their team actually looks stronger on paper than USA for once.. Will be exciting to watch!!

  8. Nedo says:

    Nurkic? 😦

  9. KaashMoneyy94 says:

    World team actually looks stronger to me. And I can’t believe Ben McLemore was left out of this. He’s been having a good year

  10. Lee Wesley says:

    Nik Stauskas?

  11. Vincent says:

    Interesting. This should not be very close at all! World team has many more competent NBA players.

  12. AllAboutThaGame says:

    Looking forward to how this will turn out, both squads are pretty good.

  13. GL says:

    World’s gonna win a blowout

  14. RU1Z says:

    The world team got this! Too much talent now on the international roster! #TeamCanada

  15. Stephen says:

    Great idea ! Go rest of the World ! 🙂

  16. Austin Elmer says:

    No Alex Len? smh

  17. vicious bucking horse says:

    I’d take KJ McDaniels over Shabazz Muhammad right now.

  18. Angel Doz says:

    World Team Looking Strong. They Have a lot of shooters and Wiggins enough said World team win.