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Victor Oladipo to play for TEAM WEBBER in Rising Stars Challenge

2014 February 7
by Brian Serra
Victor Oladipo finished a left handed layup after euro-stepping past Anthony Davis

Victor Oladipo finished a left-handed layup after euro-stepping past Anthony Davis

It’s been known for some time that Victor Oladipo was selected as a participant into the Rising Stars Challenge game, but his official team has now been selected. When the participants were named they were all placed into a pool and those pools were divided last night into two teams, with selections made by Honorary General Managers Grant Hill and Chris Webber. Oladipo was selected as a member of TEAM WEBBER, and stunningly and foolishly, fell to the last pick.

Fortunately there is no such Mr. Irrelevant shaming involved in the Rising Stars game.

With the first pick of the 2014 BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge draft, TEAM WEBBER selected Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans while TEAM HILL picked Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers second overall. TNT’s Hill and NBA TV’s Webber, general managers for the 2014 BBVA Rising Stars Challenge, made their player selections live on TNT. The 2014 BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge will be played Friday, Feb. 14, in Smoothie King Center during NBA All-Star 2014.

The former, traditional Rookie-Soophomore game was almost reconstructed with just two rookies being selected for TEAM HILL and just two sophomores selected for TEAM WEBBER. The Rookie-Sophomore game which was in place from 2000-2011 was replaced with the current Rising Stars format in 2012, in what can only be explained as a way to further complicate the viewing process for casual fans.

Fans can now vote online from both their computer and mobile device for the starters of each team. The starting lineups will be determined by the players garnering the top votes for their respective positions, with two backcourt and three frontcourt spots for each team. The announcement of the starting lineup will be made in broadcast and in-arena on Friday, Feb. 14, the night of the game.

TEAM HILL

Player             Team        Pos.   Ht.    Wt.    Exp

G.Antetokounmpo     Milwaukee       G/F   6-9    205  R

Pero Antic                 Atlanta             C      6-11  260   R

Harrison Barnes        Golden State    F       6-8    210   1

Bradley Beal             Washington      G      6-5    207   1

Andre Drummond     Detroit             C       6-10  270   1

Terrence Jones          Houston           F       6-9    252   1

Damian Lillard          Portland           G      6-3    195   1

Jonas Valanciunas    Toronto            C       6-11  231   1

Dion Waiters              Cleveland        G      6-4    225   1

TEAM WEBBER

Player                     Team        Pos.   Ht.    Wt.    Exp

Steven Adams          Oklahoma City   C    7-0       255   R

Trey Burke               Utah                 G      6-1    190   R

M. Carter-Williams  Philadelphia     G      6-6    185   R        

Anthony Davis         New Orleans    F/C    6-10  220   1

Tim Hardaway, Jr.    New York        G      6-6    205   R

Victor Oladipo          Orlando           G      6-4    215   R      

Kelly Olynyk            Boston             F/C    7-0    238   R

Mason Plumlee         Brooklyn         F/C    6-11  235   R

Jared Sullinger          Boston             F/C    6-9    260   1

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