Nikola Vucevic was named to the BBVA Compass Rising Stars game as one of the top first and second-year players in the NBA on Wednesday, joining a roster pool that includes All-Star Kyrie Irving, dynamic rebounder Kenneth Faried and sharpshooter Klay Thompson. I really is a just reward for Vucevic after standing out in the first half of the Magic's season.
Vucevic is one of five second-year players to appear in this year's game after failing to get selected for last year's game as a rookie. The rosters will be drafted for the Feb. 15 exhibition game next Thursday on TNT by team captains Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley.
Last year, Vucevic's name did not even sniff the competition as he got inconsistent playing time from Sixers coach Doug Collins and did not have the freedom to make mistakes on a team competing for the postseason.
When Orlando acquired Vucevic, nobody seemed to know what the team had in the 6-foot-10 center out of USC. His rookie ye...