Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes will both be part of Team Shaq in next week’s Rising Stars Challenge part of all-star weekend.
Thompson and Barnes were announced last week as part of the initial 18-player pool (Ricky Rubio and Isaiah Thomas were late additions).
On Thursday, Shaq and Charles Barkley held the schoolyard-style draft on TNT for their teams. Thompson was selected seventh overall, Barnes ninth:
Happy to be apart of #TeamShaq. Time to get this W in Houston
— Harrison Barnes (@HBarnes) February 8, 2013
Thompson and Barnes join teammates Stephen Curry (3-point Shootout) and David Lee (All-Star Game) as participants during the weekend.
Because Shaq lost last year’s contest, he had the first overall selection, which he used to pick fantastic Blazers rookie point guard Damian Lillard. Anthony Davis of the Hornets went to Charles Barkley second overall.
Here are both squads with each players overall selection, via CSNBA:
Damian Lillard (1)
Kyrie Irving (3)