Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, Lonzo Ball highlight NBA Rising Stars rosters

Jamal Murray Named to World Roster for Mtn Dew Kickstart Rising Stars Challenge

The NBA announced Wednesday that shooting guards Buddy Hield and Bogdan Bogdanovic were selected to compete on the World Team roster in the Mountain Dew Kickstart Rising Stars game.

The game will take place Friday, Feb. 16 in Los Angeles.

In 45 games (37 starts) in his first National Basketball Association season, Mitchell is averaging a team-best and rookie-leading 19.2 points, along with 3.4 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 31.7 minutes per game. He now joins Anthony Davis, Karl Anthony-Towns, Damian Lillard, Joel Embiid, Blake Griffin, Kevin Durant and LeBron James as the only first or second-year players since 2001 to post 30+ points, 5+ rebounds and 2+ assists in back-to-back games. He ranked tied for first among qualified rookies in blocks per game, second in field-goal percentage (59) and fourth in rebounds. With 34 points at Sacramento on January 17, the Louisville product totaled his fifth 30-point outing of the season, becoming the first rookie since Blake Griffin in 2010-11 to total at least five 30-point contests in their first 42 National Basketball Association games. He's shooting 43.8 percent from 3-point range, sixth in the National Basketball Association and second among all worldwide players. Simmons is widely viewed as the favorite to win Rookie of the Year. The coaches were required to vote for four frontcourt players, four guards and two additional players at either position, in order of preference, for each team (U.S. Team and World Team). Hield, in his second season, is a native of the Bahamas.

The Kings have had 11 players in the Rookie or Rising Stars Challenge dating to 1994, most recently Isaiah Thomas in 2013.

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