Andre Drummond makes Rising Stars Challenge

Update: I participated in a Rising Stars Challenge mock draft on ProBasketballTalk, where you can see how high Andre Drummond went. I also tried to get Kentavious Caldwell-Pope into the mock game.

Andre Drummond was selected for the Rising Stars Challenge, a game for first- and second-year players that will be played Friday, Feb. 14 during All-Star Weekend. Drummond, who still has an outside chance of making the All-Star game, was an obvious inclusion.

The other eligible Pistons – Kyle Singler, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Tony Mitchell, Peyton Siva and Luigi Datome – aren’t surprising omissions, though Caldwell-Pope and Singler at least could have made arguments.

Aside from Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Singler is the top vote-getter from last year’s All-Rookie team not selected. But John Henson and Mason Plumlee are much bigger snubs among second-year players, who reserved half the 18 spots in the All-Star-weekend game.

That leaves nine spots slotted for rookies, and Caldwell-Pope was the No. 8 pick in the draft, so…. Yeah, the Pistons don’t really have much to feel bad about here. The No. 1 (Anthony Bennett), No. 3 (Otto Porter), No. 4 (Cody Zeller), No. 5 (Alex Len), No. 6 (Nerlens Noel) and No. 7 (Ben McLemore) picks also didn’t make it. This has been a really awful year for highly drafted rookies making an immediate impact.

Here’s a full pool of players:

  • Andre Drummond
  • Anthony Davis
  • Bradley Beal
  • Damian Lillard
  • Dion Waiters
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo
  • Harrison Barnes
  • Jared Sullinger
  • Jonas Valanciunas
  • Kelly Olynyk
  • Mason Plumlee
  • Michael Carter-Williams
  • Pero Antic
  • Steven Adams
  • Terrence Jones
  • Tim Hardaway, Jr.
  • Trey Burke
  • Victor Oladipo

Teams will be drafted Thursday, Feb. 6 on TNT, though it hasn’t been announced who will be the general managers this year.

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