Andre Drummond, Brandon Knight selected for Rising Stars Challenge

Andre Drummond and Brandon Knight have been selected for the Rising Stars Challenge, according to an NBA release.

The game – a replacement for the rookie-sophomore game – will be played Friday, Feb. 15, in Houston during All-Star weekend. The aspect I find more interesting than the game itself: Charles and Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal will draft the teams Thursday, Feb. 7 mixing nine rookies and nine sophomores.

Predictions:

  • Drummond will go top four. Kyrie Irving will be No. 1 with Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard and Drummond (not necessarily in order) following shortly thereafter.
  • Knight, if the draft follows the same format as last year, again won’t be picked. Irving and Lillard will be premium picks. Someone will scoop up Kemba Walker, and then there’s a drop to Knight.

I’m a bit surprised Kyle Singler didn’t make it over Tyler Zeller, but the Duke-North Carolina strikes again.

Here is the full pool of players:

Rookies:

  • Harrison Barnes, Golden State
  • Bradley Beal, Washington
  • Anthony Davis, New Orleans
  • Andre Drummond, Detroit
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Charlotte
  • Damian Lillard, Portland
  • Alexey Shved, Minnesota
  • Dion Waiters, Cleveland
  • Tyler Zeller, Cleveland

Sophomores:

  • Kenneth Faried, Denver
  • Kyrie Irving, Cleveland
  • Brandon Knight, Detroit
  • Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio
  • Chandler Parsons, Houston
  • Klay Thompson, Golden State
  • Tristan Thompson, Cleveland
  • Nikola Vucevic, Orlando
  • Kemba Walker, Charlotte

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