Rosters released for Rising Stars game

The core of the young, improving Timberwolves — Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns and Zach LaVine — were among 20 rookies and second-year players chosen for the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge that will be played Feb. 12 in Toronto as part of All-Star Weekend, the NBA announced.

The rosters released Wednesday in a continuation of the format of the U.S. against the World were selected in a league-wide balloting of assistant coaches. Votes had to include a minimum of four guards, four front-court players and two at either position per side. The teams must also have at least three first-year players and three sophomores.

The Timberwolves will have the strongest representation, led by Toronto native Wiggins, the reigning Rookie of the Year, and Towns, the leading candidate at midseason for the 2015-16 award. One of Wiggins’ World teammates, Dwight Powell of the Mavericks, is also from Toronto.

The U.S. roster consists of Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel (76ers), Jordan Clarkson and D’Angelo Russell (Lakers), Rodney Hood (Jazz), Jabari Parker (Bucks), Elfrid Payton (Magic), Marcus Smart (Celtics), Towns and LaVine.

The World roster is Kristaps Porzingis (Knicks), Bojan Bogdanovic (Nets), Clint Capela (Rockets), Mario Hezonja (Magic), Nikola Jokic and Emmanuel Mudiay (Nuggets), Nikola Mirotic (Bulls), Raul Neto (Jazz), Wiggins and Powell.

The World won the 2015 game, the first under the current format, 121-112 in Brooklyn. N.Y., as Wiggins scored 22 points en route to being named MVP.



  1. timbo slice says:

    I love this list. The only player I feel got snubbed is Boban Marjanovic. I know he has only been playing garbage minutes when the Spurs blowout, but he has a blossoming post game and I have a feeling that Popovich will groom him into Duncan’s role when he calls it quits. Also, props to Rodney Hood!!! #23 pick in last year’s draft, and the second Dukee to get picked. All of us in SLC are saying, “Jabari who?”

  2. Jacob Stark says:

    Where is Kelly Oubre???

  3. paulomagnani says:

    That will be for sure a great game, with many future all stars. In my opinion, this year the US team is stronger, my starting lineup would be:

    Jordan Clarkson
    Jabari Parker
    Jahlil Okafor

  4. duncan says:

    jordan clarkson isn’t world, maybe he play for the philippines in olympic qualifiers

  5. Felicity says:

    Not taking anything away from Marcus Smart but he barely played this season. Why isn’t Stanley Johnson or Willie Trill Cauley-Stein on the roster?

  6. GL says:

    What about the Spurs’ giant, Boban Marjanovic?

  7. Fefe (Nets) says:

    It’s true I’m also surprised for Julius Randle – but there are already many sophomores on the US Squad. Hood, Clarkson, Noel, Parker, Payton, Smart, LaVine. Who do you take out? And I personally think that there should have been more balance between rookies and sophomores (4 rookies at least on a squad)

    As for Justise Winslow and Stanley Johnson, I understand.

  8. What about Cameron Payne?

  9. evankiley says:

    Glad to see Smart…Celtics been balling out lately

  10. Kyeno says:

    isn’t Towns for team world ? he played for Dominican republic?

  11. Bill Vollmer says:

    Why was Bobby Portis snubbed? When he has been part of the Bulls rotation he’s made significant contributions.

  12. jaman kong says:

    Julius Randle? He only leads sophomores in double doubles and rebounding. League forgot he is no longer injured

  13. Daniele says:

    Where’s Julius Randle?