NEW YORK – Sacramento’s own DeMacus Cousins will join All-Star Blake Griffin and rookie guards Kyrie Irving and Ricky Rubio to headline the list of 18 players chosen for the Rising Stars Challenge to be held during All-Star weekend.
In this year’s new format, first- and second-year players will be mixed in the game on Friday, Feb. 24 in Orlando. TNT analysts Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal will serve as general managers and draft players for their teams.
Other second-year players chosen Wednesday were John Wall (Washington), Landry Fields (New York), Paul George (Indiana), Gordon Hayward (Utah), Greg Monroe (Detroit), Tiago Splitter (San Antonio) and Evan Turner (Philadelphia).
The rookies joining No. 1 pick Irving and Rubio are Kemba Walker (Charlotte), MarShon Brooks (New Jersey), Brandon Knight (Detroit), Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio), Markieff Morris (Phoenix), Tristan Thompson (Cleveland) and Derrick Williams (Minnesota).