This year’s Rising Star Challenge, a game in which the young talents of the NBA face off against each other, had its rosters released Monday. The format of the game is the USA vs. World. The rosters are as follows:
- Jarrett Allen, Brooklyn Nets
- Marvin Bagley III, Sacramento Kings
- Lonzo Ball, Los Angeles Lakers
- John Collins, Atlanta Hawks
- De’Aaron Fox, Sacramento Kings
- Jaren Jackson Jr., Memphis Grizzlies
- Kyle Kuzma, Los Angeles Lakers
- Donovan Mitchell, Utah Jazz
- Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics
- Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks
- OG Anunoby, Toronto Raptors
- Deandre Ayton, Phoenix Suns
- Bogdan Bogdanovic, Sacramento Kings
- Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks
- Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Los Angeles Clippers
- Rodions Kurucs, Brooklyn Nets
- Lauri Markkanen, Chicago Bulls
- Josh Okogie, Minnesota Timberwolves
- Cedi Osman, Cleveland Cavaliers
- Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers
Each team will have one of the top Rookie of the Year candidates. Donovan Mitchell will be on the USA team, and Australian Ben Simmons will be on the World team. Another key player to watch is Bogdan Bogdanovic, the MVP from last year’s game. Kyrie Irving will be coaching the USA team, while Dirk Nowitzki will coach the World team.
With this being year 5 of the USA vs. World format, it is also the opportunity for the USA team to get their second win. Last year, the World team won 155-124.
Sacramento is the team sending the most players to the game, with three. Atlanta, Brooklyn, and the Los Angeles Lakers are all sending two.
This game is important for sports bettors because it gives them a chance to see young, future (Or, for some teams, current) franchise players face off against each other in a game that means more from an individual standpoint than a team standpoint.
They will be able to showcase their skills while taking risks that their coaches would otherwise discourage. Sports bettors will be able to get a better sense of what type of players these young guys can be in the future, and can base future bets based on the performances.