Alexey Shved, not Ricky Rubio and Derrick Williams, will play in the NBA's Rising Stars game.
By JOAN NIESEN FS North
MINNEAPOLIS – Alexey Shved is the lone
Timberwolves player selected to compete in this year's BBVA Rising Stars Challenge during All-Star weekend in Houston.
On Wednesday, Shved became one of nine rookies selected to play in the game. Nine second-year players were also honored with spots on the roster, and though point guard
Ricky Rubio seemed a likely choice for that bunch, he was not included. Neither was
Derrick Williams, who also might have had a shot.
The players will be drafted, in a sense, at 6 p.m. on Feb. 7, when the two general managers for the game, Charles Barkley and Shaquille O'Neal, will select their squads on TNT. After that, fans will get a chance to vote on the five starters for each team.
This season, Shved has averaged 10.7 points and 4.6 assists in 36 games. If he keeps up his current numbers for the rest of the season, the Russian guard will become the first undrafted rookie to average at least 10 points and four assists since the Philadelphia Warriors' Danny Finn did so in 1952-53.