Timberwolves’ Wiggins and Towns, Knicks’ Porzingis headline rosters for BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge
NEW YORK – The Minnesota Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins, last season’s Kia NBA Rookie of the Year, and teammate Karl-Anthony Towns, who has won two straight Kia NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month awards, highlight the list of 20 players selected to play in the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, Feb. 12 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto during NBA All-Star 2016.
The New York Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis, who has earned two Kia NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month awards in a row, joins Wiggins on the World Team. Minnesota’s Zach LaVine, the dunk champion at NBA All-Star 2015, will play alongside Towns on the U.S. Team, giving the Timberwolves three players in the game, all 20 years old.
For the second consecutive year, the league’s annual showcase of premier young talent will pit 10 first- and second-year NBA players from the United States against 10 first- and second-year NBA players from around the world. TNT will televise the game live at 9 p.m. ET, part of Turner Sports’ 31st year of All-Star coverage. BBVA Compass is the Official Bank of the NBA in the U.S. and maintains its role as title partner for the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge.
The World Team is anchored by Wiggins, who ranks 15th in the NBA in scoring (20.8 ppg), and Porzingis, who is third among rookies in scoring (14.0 ppg) and first in blocked shots (2.0 bpg). In last year’s BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge, Wiggins scored 22 points and earned MVP honors in the World Team’s 121-112 victory over the U.S. Team.
Wiggins is one of two Toronto-born players on this year’s World Team roster, along with Dwight Powell of the Dallas Mavericks. Rounding out the World Team are Bojan Bogdanovic of the Brooklyn Nets, Clint Capela of the Houston Rockets, Mario Hezonja of the Orlando Magic, Nikola Jokic and Emmanuel Mudiay of the Denver Nuggets, Nikola Mirotic of the Chicago Bulls and Raul Neto of the Utah Jazz.
Towns, the No. 1 overall pick in NBA Draft 2015 presented by State Farm, is one of three NBA players averaging at least 16.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks (Anthony Davis and Pau Gasol are the others). Towns and LaVine are joined on the U.S. Team by the Philadelphia 76ers’ Jahlil Okafor, who leads all rookies in scoring (17.4 ppg), and Sixers teammate Nerlens Noel, the only NBA player averaging at least 1.5 blocks and 1.5 steals. The U.S. Team also includes Jordan Clarkson and D’Angelo Russell of the Los Angeles Lakers, Rodney Hood of the Jazz, Jabari Parker of the Milwaukee Bucks, Elfrid Payton of the Magic and Marcus Smart of the Boston Celtics.
The NBA’s assistant coaches chose the rosters for the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge, selecting four guards, four frontcourt players and two players at either position for each team. The coaches also picked a minimum of three first-year players and three second-year players for each team.
NBA All-Star 2016 in Toronto will bring together some of the most talented and passionate players in the league’s history for a global celebration of the game. Along with the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge, Air Canada Centre will also host State Farm All-Star Saturday Night on Saturday, Feb. 13 and the 65th NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 14. Other events at NBA All-Star 2016 include the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game and the NBA Development League All-Star Game presented by Kumho Tire. This will be the first NBA All-Star held outside the U.S.
Below are the rosters for the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge and a list of previous results:
U.S. TEAM ROSTER
Player Team Pos. Ht. Wt. School Experience
Jordan Clarkson Lakers G 6-5 194 Missouri 1
Rodney Hood Jazz G 6-8 206 Duke 1
Zach LaVine T’wolves G 6-5 189 UCLA 1
Nerlens Noel 76ers F/C 6-11 228 Kentucky 1
Jahlil Okafor 76ers C 6-11 275 Duke R
Jabari Parker Bucks F 6-8 250 Duke 1
Elfrid Payton Magic G 6-4 185 UL-Lafayette 1
D’Angelo Russell Lakers G 6-5 195 Ohio State R
Marcus Smart Celtics G 6-4 220 Oklahoma State 1
Karl-Anthony Towns T’wolves C 7-0 244 Kentucky R
WORLD TEAM ROSTER
Player Team Pos. Ht. Wt. School or Team/Country of Origin Experience
Bojan Bogdanovic Nets G/F 6-8 216 Fenerbahce/Croatia 1
Clint Capela Rockets F/C 6-10 240 Elan Chalon/Switzerland 1
Mario Hezonja Magic G/F 6-8 218 FC Barcelona/Croatia R
Nikola Jokic Nuggets C 6-10 250 KK Mega Vizura/Serbia R
Nikola Mirotic Bulls F 6-10 220 Real Madrid/Montenegro 1
Emmanuel Mudiay Nuggets G 6-5 200 Guangdong/Rep. of Congo R
Raul Neto Jazz G 6-1 179 UCAM Murcia/Brazil R
Kristaps Porzingis Knicks F/C 7-3 240 Cajasol Sevilla/Latvia R
Dwight Powell Mavericks F/C 6-11 240 Stanford/Canada 1
Andrew Wiggins T’wolves G/F 6-8 199 Kansas/Canada 1
BBVA COMPASS RISING STARS CHALLENGE RESULTS
1994 – Phenoms 74, Sensations 68
1995 – White 83, Green 79 (OT)
1996 – East 94, West 92
1997 – East 96, West 91
1998 – East 85, West 80
2000 – Rookies 92, Sophomores 83 (OT)
2001 – Sophomores 121, Rookies 113
2002 – Rookies 103, Sophomores 97
2003 – Sophomores 132, Rookies 112
2004 – Sophomores 142, Rookies 118
2005 – Sophomores 133, Rookies 106
2006 – Sophomores 106, Rookies 96
2007 – Sophomores 155, Rookies 114
2008 – Sophomores 136, Rookies 109
2009 – Sophomores 122, Rookies 116
2010 – Rookies 140, Sophomores 128
2011 – Rookies 148, Sophomores 140
2012 – Team Chuck 146, Team Shaq 133
2013 – Team Chuck 163, Team Shaq 135
2014 – Team Hill 142, Team Webber 136
2015 – World Team 121, U.S. Team 112