2012 NBA BBVA Rising Stars Challenge Roster, Team Shaq Selects Jeremy LinCategory: Basketball
Formerly known as the Rookie Challenge, for the 2012 All-Star Weekend, the game will be rebranded as the Rising Stars Challenge and sponsored by Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA).
The game will consist of two teams selected from a pool of rookies and sophomores selected by the NBA’s assistant coaches.
For the first time ever, the teams were drafted by former NBA players and current TNT analysts Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal, who serves as “General Managers” for their respective teams. Former NBA player and current TNT analyst Kenny Smith serves as the “Honorary Commissioner” for the Rising Stars Challenge.
Due to his strong play Lin-sane play the past weeks heading to this, Jeremy Lin of the New York Knicks was added in the last-minute to the pool along with Norris Cole of the Miami Heat to balance it out.
Blake Griffin was taken with the first overall pick by O’Neal. Griffin is also a starter for the Western Conference All-Stars.
Here’s the complete roster of players chosen by Shaq and Chuck:
TEAM SHAQ (#TeamShaq)
Blake Griffin – Los Angeles Clippers (Sophomore)
Jeremy Lin – New York Knicks (Sophomore)
Ricky Rubio – Minnesota Timberwolves (Rookie)
Greg Monroe – Detroit Pistons (Sophomore)
Markieff Morris – Phoenix Suns (Rookie)
Kemba Walker – Charlotte Bobcats (Rookie)
Landry Fields – New York Knicks (Sophomore)
Norris Cole – Miami Heat (Rookie)
Brandon Knight – Detroit Pistons (Rookie)
Tristan Thompson – Cleveland Cavaliers (Rookie)
TEAM CHUCK (#Team Chuck)
Kyrie Irving – Cleveland Cavaliers (Rookie)
DeMarcus Cousins – Sacramento Kings (Sophomore)
Paul George – Indiana Pacers (Sophomore)
Derrick Williams – Minnesota Timberwolves (Rookie)
MarShon Brooks – New Jersey Nets (Rookie)
John Wall – Washington Wizards (Sophomore)
Gordon Hayward – Utah Jazz (Sophomore)
Tiago Splitter – San Antonio Spurs (Sophomore)
Kawhi Leonard – San Antonio Spurs (Rookie)
Evan Turner – Philadelphia 76ers (Sophomore)
The BBVA Rising Stars Challenge will be played on February 25, 2012 as part of the NBA All-Star Weekend.
What team are you picking to win?
The 61st All-Star Game will be played LIVE from the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on Sunday, February 26, 2011.