NBA All-star Weekend has officially begun. The weekend begins with the NBA Celebrity Game and the Rising Stars game. The Rising Stars Game showcases the promising, young talent of the NBA.The game features potential future All-Star who is in the first or second year of their career. In fact, Team World player Joel Emiid was selected by Steph Curry for this year’s All-Star game on Sunday. In the Rising Stars game, Team World plays Team USA. The best rookie and sophomore international players face the best American born rookie and sophomores. The Team World vs Team USA concept started four years ago. Team World has a 3-1 record since the concept started. Last year, Team World defeated Team USA 150-141.
This year, Team World defeated Team USA 155-124. Buddy Hield led Team World in scoring with 29 points. However, his Sacramento Kings teammate Bogdan Bogdanovic won the Rising Stars MVP with 26 points. Bogdanovic made 7 three-pointers and shot 53.8 percent from three-point range.Team World had other notable performances from their players. Jamal Murray, last year’s MVP, scored 21 points. Dario Saric scored 18 points. Laurri Marrkanen scored 15 points. Domantas Sabonis scored 13 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Dillion Brooks and Ben Simmons scored 11 points each. Simmons also tallied 13 assists.
For Team USA, Jaylen Brown led the team with 35 points and 10 rebounds. Kyle Kuzma, the hometown player, scored 20 points.His Lakers teammate Lonzo Ball was unable to play in this game due to injury. Jason Tatum scored 15 points. John Collins scored 11 points.
The All-Star festivities continue Saturday and Sunday. The Dunk contest is held on Saturday. The Three-Point Contest and Skills Challenge are also held on Saturday. The All-Star game is on Sunday. The Saturday and Sunday events are exciting, but the Rising Stars Game sets the tone. The Rising Stars Game is exciting and gives the fans something to look forward to for the remaining weekend. The first day of All-Star Weekend is finished, but we have much more to see. The Rising Stars Game was only a glimpse.