HOUSTON (Sporting Alert) — The 2013 NBA All-Stars festive begins o Friday with several actives, including the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge, which sees former NBA super stars and TNT analysts Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal selecting their teams for the contest.
What: BBVA Rising Stars Challenge
When: Friday, Feb. 15, 9 p.m. ET
Where: Toyota Center
TV Channel: TNT
Each team, drafted by Barkley and Shaq, will have ten players and they consist of NBA rookies and sophomores. The list was drafted from a pool of players that was previously selected by several of the NBA’s assistant coaches.
Team Shaq will be led by former Duke Blue Devils and Cleveland Cavaliers star point guard Kyrie Irving, but the roster also includes Harrison Barnes (Golden State Warriors), Kemba Walker (Charlotte Bobcats), Chandler Parsons (Houston Rockets) and Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors). Damian Lillard (Portland) went as the first pick for Shaq.
In 2012, Irving set the pace with an impressive 8-for-8 from three-point range to collect 34 points in helping Team Chuck to a 146-133 win over Team Shaq in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge.
Unfortunately, Barkley missed out at drafting the Cavaliers star this time, as his little trick to land bout Irving and this year’s top pick Anthony Davis was well spotted by Shaq, who grabbed him in the third pick.
But there are plenty of talents on Team Chuck roster with the likes of Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets), Ricky Rubio (Minnesota Timberwolves), Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs), Isaiah Thomas (Sacramento Kings) and Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards) all ready to go.
Charles Barkley hates this part, but he will have to now sit and wait to see who the fans have voted online for to be in the starting lineup for each side.
Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers), Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers), Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons), Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors), Harrison Barnes (Golden State Warriors), Chandler Parsons (Houston Rockets), Dion Waiters (Cleveland Cavaliers), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Charlotte Bobcats), Tyler Zeller (Cleveland Cavaliers) and Kemba Walker (Charlotte Bobcats)
Anthony Davis (New Orleans Hornets), Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets), Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs), Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards), Ricky Rubio (Minnesota Timberwolves), Tristan Thompson (Cleveland Cavaliers), Nikola Vucevic (Orlando Magic), Brandon Knight (Detroit Pistons), Isaiah Thomas (Sacramento Kings) and Alexey Shved (Minnesota Timberwolves)