The NBA All-Star Game is just a couple of weeks away, and while a majority of fans will be watching, there will be plenty of eyes on the Rising Stars Challenge, especially after the rosters were revealed on Tuesday night.
This year's game will be loaded, to say the least, as Team USA, led by Donovan Mitchell and Trae Young, will face off against Team World, which boasts Luka Doncic and Ben Simmons.
Your 2019 Rising Stars Challenge rosters! pic.twitter.com/cir1oceheO— The Crossover (@TheCrossover) January 30, 2019
Team USA will be coached by Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving, while Dirk Nowitzki will be the boss on Team World's bench.
Kyrie Irving and Dirk Nowitzki are honorary coaches of the Rising Stars Challenge. pic.twitter.com/QvVGlAAkNu— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) January 30, 2019
Doncic has hands down been the Rookie of the Year, averaging 20.5 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 5.4 assists per game. Not only that, but he received the second-most fan votes of any Western Conference players, only behind LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers.
On the flip side is Young, who the Atlanta Hawks landed in their trade of Luka Doncic to the Dallas Mavericks on draft night. He has dealt with a ton of pressure after seeing Doncic roll so far this season. Yet, Young is having a strong season himself, as he's posted 16.4 points, 7.3 assists, and 3.2 rebounds per game.
Besides those two players, you have Deandre Ayton, Lonzo Ball, Marvin Bagley III, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, and more who will take the hardwood on All-Star weekend to showcase their talents and cement their names as the future of the NBA.
The Rising Stars Challenge takes place on Feb. 15 at 9:00 p.m. ET.