It’s the start of the best weekend in basketball as the NBA Rookie game, officially known as the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge, tips off at 9 p.m. EST in Toronto, Canada on Feb. 12. HollywoodLife.com doesn’t want you to miss it, so click here for the live stream!
It’s an opportunity to see the stars of tomorrow in the Rising Stars Challenge as Rookie of the Year candidates Karl Anthony-Towns, 20, and Kristaps Porzingis square off against one another in a battle between Team USA and the World Team during the NBA All-Star Game weekend. Click down to watch the live stream!
The game gives 20 rookie players the opportunity to throwback to their college years and become their top options in what is always an offensive, high-scoring affair. Team USA will be licking their lips at the thought that they’ve got 3 of the top 4 young scorers in the game, including Karl and Jahlil Okafor.
However, if you think the World Team is there to make up the numbers you are sadly mistaken. Thanks to Minnesota Timberwolves star Andrew Wiggins they have a man capable of beating any team. In fact, in last season’s game he was the MVP — scoring 22 points in a 121-112 victory for his team.
The Canadian will also have Emmanuel Mudiay (Republic of Zaire), Mario Hezonja (Croatia) and Nikola Jokic (Serbia) in his team, so he shouldn’t have any problems with a strong supporting cast behind him.
The World team actually has a large height advantage over its rivals, so they will be wanting to make that count. However, they’re a little light on scoring, so it’s up to Andrew to step up to the plate.
It’s going to be a very close game either way, and very difficult to call. But it’ll be hugely entertaining, so you won’t want to miss a second!
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