Stanley Johnson passed over for Rising Stars Challenge

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The second year of a new USA vs. The World format may have been at least partially to blame for Stanley Johnson’s absence from the Rising Stars Challenge roster.

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The Detroit Pistons rookie joins Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow as two notable young wings left off the lineup announced Wednesday afternoon.

Assistant coaches throughout the NBA were responsible for selecting four guards, four forwards, and two additional players at either position, all with one year of experience or less, in order to fill out the 10-man American and International squads. Both teams were required to have at least three rookies and three second year performers.

Seven-foot rookie center Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves headlines the USA team, averaging 16.1 points and 9.7 rebounds through the first 46 games of his career.

The International team, meanwhile, is headed Latvian sensation and New York Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingis.

What initially began as the Schick Rookie Game in 1994, with two rosters entirely comprised of first year players, eventually morphed into the Rookie-Sophomore Game following the 1999 NBA lockout, providing an opportunity for the 1998 draft class to showcase their skills at All-Star weekend.

After a handful of years featuring a pre-game roster fantasy draft, the USA vs. The World format debuted in 2015, when Andrew Wiggins scored 22 points to lead the World to a 121-112 victory.

Johnson, averaging 8.2 points in just over 22 minutes per game off the bench, may have had a better opportunity of making a Rising Stars roster under any previous format. While his impact hasn’t been as dramatic as Wiggins or Towns in Minnesota, it could be argued he’s contributed to his team at a level similar to that of World selections Raul Neto, Dwight Powell, and Mario Hezonja (the last of which is currently averaging 4.6  points in 13.7 minutes a game for the Orlando Magic).

Take a look at the full rosters below:


Player                                     Team                Pos.        Ht.         Wt.            School                             Experience
Jordan Clarkson                    Lakers              G            6-5         194            Missouri                              1

Rodney Hood                        Jazz                   G            6-8         206            Duke                                    1

Zach LaVine                          T’wolves           G            6-5       189               UCLA                                    1

Nerlens Noel                          76ers                 F/C         6-11       228            Kentucky                           1

Jahlil Okafor                          76ers                 C            6-11       275            Duke                                   R

Jabari Parker                          Bucks               F             6-8         250           Duke                                     1

Elfrid Payton                         Magic               G            6-4         185            UL-Lafayette                        1

D’Angelo Russell                  Lakers              G            6-5         195            Ohio State                           R

Marcus Smart                        Celtics              G            6-4         220            Oklahoma State                 1

Karl-Anthony Towns           T’wolves            C            7-0         244            Kentucky                            R


Player                                     Team                Pos.        Ht.         Wt.       School or Team/Country of Origin       Experience
Bojan Bogdanovic                Nets                  G/F         6-8         216       Fenerbahce/Croatia                               1

Clint Capela                           Rockets            F/C         6-10       240       Elan Chalon/Switzerland                        1

Mario Hezonja                      Magic               G/F         6-8         218       FC Barcelona/Croatia                             R

Nikola Jokic                          Nuggets            C            6-10       250       KK Mega Vizura/Serbia                           R

Nikola Mirotic                       Bulls                 F             6-10       220       Real Madrid/Montenegro                      1

Emmanuel Mudiay               Nuggets            G            6-5         200       Guangdong/Rep. of Congo                  R

Raul Neto                               Jazz                   G            6-1         179       UCAM Murcia/Brazil                             R

Kristaps Porzingis                 Knicks              F/C         7-3         240       Cajasol Sevilla/Latvia                             R

Dwight Powell                       Mavericks        F/C         6-11       240       Stanford/Canada                                   1

Andrew Wiggins                   T’wolves          G/F         6-8       199           Kansas/Canada                                    1

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