The Rising Stars Challenge at the NBA All-Star game is changing for 2015. It will pit first-and second-year NBA players from the United States against first –and second-year NBA players from around the world.
The league’s assistant coaches will select 10 U.S. players and 10 international players for the game. Both 10-man rosters will include four guards, four frontcourt players and two players regardless of position. Each team will also feature a minimum of three first-year players and three second-year players among its 10 spots.
This is an exciting new change to the format. There are so many young talented international players in the NBA right now.
Previous changes to the Rising Stars Challenge included a draft in which Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal mixed together rookies and sophomores for the game. That format was also interesting but this new idea is even better.
I was hoping the league did something like this for the actual All-Star game since there were so many international Superstars.
Players that might have missed the opportunity to participate in this Rising Stars game can showcase some of their skills. The Rising Stars commentary team can give fans more information about each player during the game.
The head coaches for each team will be an assistant from the 2015 NBA All-Star game coaching staff and those coaches will be determined by the best record in the conference through games played on Sunday, Feb. 1.
The Rising Stars Challenge takes place on Friday, Feb. 13 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
So what do you think of the changes to this game? Do you like it, does it matter to you? Or do you just skip the Rising Stars Challenge altogether?