The NBA announced the participants for the 2013 rookie/sophomore All-Star Rising Stars Challenge in Houston. The following players will be “drafted” by Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley in a similar fashion as last year. According to NBA.com, each team will have nine man rosters, consisting of both NBA rookies and sophomores drafted from a pool that was previously selected by the NBA’s assistant coaches. Fans will have the opportunity to vote online for who should be in the starting lineup for each team.
Rookies: Bradley Beal, Anthony Davis, Andre Drummond, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Damian Lillard, Dion Waiters, Tyler Zeller, Alexey Shved
Sophomores: Kenneth Faried, Brandon Knight, Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Leonard, Chandler Parsons, Klay Thompson, Tristan Thompson, Nikola Vucevic, Kemba Walker