From the onset of the introductions of the Rising Star Challenge on Friday, one thing was clear- both the Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers have loaded up with young talent. Team World featured the Sixers trio of Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, and Dario Saric while Team USA featured the Lakers stars Lonzo Ball (inactive due to injury), Brandon Ingram, and Kyle Kuzma.
But the MVP of the night was Sacramento Kings Bogdan Bogdanovic, who combined for 55 points with fellow King Buddy Hield.
- The representation of players from Lakers (3), Sixers (3), Kings (3), Bulls (2), Celtics (2) is telling of how these franchises have been building over the last year or two. There’s a lot for them to be excited about as we see The Process may be catching league-wide (they’ll each need their own moniker, of course).
- With the exception of the Kings, the other 4 teams mentioned above are of the 5 youngest in the league.
- The 10-minute quarters give a much more immediate feel to the game and as is the case in most All-Star events, heighten the pace.
- Defense was in low attendance as the young, athletic players were encouraged to play to the crowd and showcase their scoring acumen and athleticism.
- Alley-oops and slam dunks are a must:
Final Score: Team WORLD 155- Team USA 124
In the four years of the Rising Star hosting Team USA vs. Team World, Team World has gone 3-1.