The NBA Rising Stars teams are composed of first and second year players. Four teams will play in a tournament style event to determine the winner.
There were 11 rookies selected headlined by Victor Wembanyama and Chet Holmgren. However, there were some noticeable snubs who were not selected and having solid rookie seasons in the league so far. The first is Ausar Thompson from the Detorit Pistons. Obviously the Pistons are not a good team but early in the year he was looking like one of the top five players in the class. He didn’t make the top 11. After a solid December averaging nearly 12 points, nine rebounds, and 2.5 combined steals plus blocks, Thompson has not gotten as many minutes as of late. Trayce Jackson-Davis and Duop Reath were the other players just on the outside looking in after playing a big role for their respective teams as injury replacements.
The sophomore class was more clear cut. Compared to the rookies, there are not that many sophomores having quality seasons. 10 sophomores were selected and some barely have had a role on their team this year. For instance, Dyson Daniels is averaging just 5 points per game but made the team. Headlining the sophomores are Paolo Banchero, who could be an All Star, as well as Keegan Murray, and Benedict Mathurin who have been crucial pieces on good teams.
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