This is another feather in the cap of Canadian basketball.
Five Canadians were named as part of the unveiling of the Rising Stars rosters, highlighting the best first- and second-year players in the Association.
Canadians RJ Barrett (New York Knicks), Nickeil Alexander-Walker (New Orleans Pelicans), Brandon Clarke (Memphis Grizzlies), Lu Dort (Oklahoma City Thunder), and Mychal Mulder (Golden State Warriors) will make up half of the World Team roster.
Zion Williamson, Ja Morant, and LaMelo Ball highlight the members of the USA Team roster.
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The rosters were announced on the now-famous NBA Top Shot. Each player named to the roster will get a special moment on Top Shot.
NBA assistant coaches conducted voting for the rosters. The Rising Stars teams are split into nationality, with 10 US-born players on one team and 10 Internationally-born players on the other.
Typically, rookie and sophomore players would play the Rising Stars game during NBA All-Star weekend. However, due to the limitations of having many events on just one night, there will be no Rising Stars game this year. The NBA will still hold an All-Star Game, skills competition, and dunk contest this Sunday in Atlanta.
Here are the full rosters for each team:
- LaMelo Ball (Charlotte)
- Anthony Edwards (Minnesota)
- Tyrese Haliburton (Sacramento)
- Tyler Herro (Miami)
- De’Andre Hunter (Atlanta)
- Keldon Johnson (San Antonio)
- Ja Morant (Memphis)
- Michael Porter Jr. (Denver)
- Zion Williamson (New Orleans)
- James Wiseman (Golden State)
- Precious Achiuwa (Miami)
- Nickeil Alexander-Walker (New Orleans)
- Deni Avdija (Washington)
- RJ Barrett (New York)
- Facundo Campazzo (Denver)
- Brandon Clarke (Memphis)
- Luguentz Dort (Oklahoma City)
- Rui Hachimura (Washington)
- Théo Maledon (Oklahoma City)
- Mychal Mulder (Golden State)