The 20 first- and second-year participants for the Rising Stars Challenge held on Feb. 13 during All-Star Weekend have been announced.
The U.S. team will be represented by
The world team will be represented by Jazz guard
Four players have committed to appearing in the NBA dunk contest during All-Star Weekend, according to Yahoo Sports.
Antetokounmpo and Oladipo were both drafted in 2013, and have already emerged as strong prospects. Antetokounmpo has averaged 11.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. He's known as the "Greek Freak" due to his impresseive wingspan.
Oladipo has averaged 16.3 points per game during his sophomore season. LaVine is just 19-years-old, and is known for his vertical leap.
Plumlee is the only player involved with contest experience. He finished second in the McDonald's High School All-American game dunk contest.
Obviously, Lopez's value is going to depend on where he lands, though there isn't as much variance as you might think. He's been splitting time with
Plumlee would obviously be the big winner if Lopez is moved, and there's no reason for him to be unowned in any leagues at this point. Plumlee has been unaffected by Lopez's return to the lineup, as he is still averaging 14.7 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.2 blocks per game since Lopez's return. I'm not sure how much more room he has to grow, but Plumlee looks like a solid, borderline top-10 Fantasy center for the rest of the way; if you're in one of the six percent of CBSSports.com leagues where he is still available, grab him before it's too late.
Plumlee just missed posting what would have been his fourth double-double in the last five games, grabbing nine rebounds. He also chipped in two assists, one steal and one block in 33 minutes in the loss, the Nets' seventh straight. They'll look to turn things around Friday against the Wizards.
Plumlee shot 10-11 from the field. He sunk all four of his free throws, finishing with a team-high 24 points. Plumlee was active on the boards as well, pulling down 10 rebounds.
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