The BBVA Rising Stars Challenge, also known as the Rookie/Sophomore Challenge is one of the most exciting parts of NBA All-Star weekend, and will have a great cast of characters taking part, led by Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley.
The NBA changed up the format for this game this year by having TNT analysts O'Neal and Barkley select the teams in a live draft from a previously sleceted pool of talent.
Blake Griffin, the reigning Slam Dunk champion and Rookie of the Year, was first pick on Team Shaq as the only All-Star to participate in this year's contest. Team Shaq also features the Suns' Markieff Morris, rookie point guard Ricky Rubio, and second-year sparkplug Jeremy Lin, as well as Kemba Walker, Tristan Thompson, Greg Monroe, Landry Fields, Norris Cole, and Brandon Knight.
Team Chuck includes the likes of John Wall and Kyrie Irving, Kawhi Loenard, Derrick Favors, Evan Turner, DeMarcus Cousins, MarShon Brooks, Paul George, and Gordon Heyward.
Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. MT with coverage on the TNT network.
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