Antetokounmpo adds Rising Stars Challenge to his All-Star weekend
Giannis Antetokounmpo’s All-Star Weekend just got a bit busier.
One day after being selected for the slam-dunk contest, the Milwaukee Bucks forward was named as one of the 20 rookie and sophomore players chosen for the Rising Stars Challenge.
The Rising Stars Challenge, which now pits 10 international players against 10 U.S.-born players, will take place Feb. 13 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.
An assistant coach from each NBA team was required to fill out a ballot to pick the 10-man rosters of first-and-second year players. Both the international team and the U.S. team features four frontcourt players, four guards and two wild cards.
Antetokounmpo is joined on the World Roster by Oklahoma City’s Steven Adams, Brooklyn’s Bogdan Bogdanovic, Minnesota’s Gorgui Dieng and Andrew Wiggins, Utah’s Dante Exum and Rudy Gobert, Chicago’s Nikola Mirotic, Atlanta’s Dennis Schroder and Boston’s Kelly Olynyk.
The U.S. team is made up of Utah’s Trey Burke, Philadelphia’s Michael Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel, Detroit’s Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Minnesota’s Zach LaVine and Shabazz Muhammad, Orlando’s Victor Oladipo and Elfrid Payton, Brooklyn’s Mason Plumlee and Charlotte’s Cody Zeller.
Antetokounmpo scored nine points with two rebounds and two assists in last year’s Rising Stars Challenge, helping Grant Hill’s team to a 142-136 victory over Chris Webber’s team.
Last year, Hill and Webber picked teams for the Rising Stars Challenge via fantasy draft from a pool of selected participants.
Antetokounmpo is the seventh player in Bucks history to take part in the game but joins Brandon Jennings and Andrew Bogut as the only players to participate as rookies and sophomores.
Glenn Robinson, Ray Allen and Yi Jianlian all played as rookies when the game was known as the Rookie-Sophomore Game.
In 45 games for the Bucks this season, Antetokounmpo is averaging 11.4 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists over 28.6 minutes per game.
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