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The Rising Stars Game is always a fun part of All-Star Weekend, as it showcases the best young stars in the league that could be featured in many All-Star games to come. While it won't be played this upcoming weekend in the NBA's modified, one-day-fits-all All-Star Sunday, the Rising Stars rosters were announced for the USA and World Teams on Wednesday.
RJ Barrett once again made the World Team, as he did last season as a rookie, given his Canadian roots.
The Duke product is doing better in Year 2 than last season, averaging 16.4 points, 2.9 assists and six rebounds over 33.3 minutes of play per game. He's also shooting much better, especially beyond the arc of late.
But on the other hand, Immanuel Quickley -- a player who has garnered quick love from the Knicks fanbase and turned heads around the league with his success -- was not featured on the USA Team roster.
Quickley is averaging close to 13 points per contest, and that's coming off the bench. Over the last four games even, he has 18.3 points on 44 percent shooting and 52 percent from three-point land. He dropped 26 in the loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night.
Rookies that made the roster instead were Hornets' LaMelo Ball, the frontrunner for Rookie of the Year at the moment, Timberwolves' first overall pick Anthony Edwards, Kings' Tyrese Haliburton and Warriors' James Wiseman.
Sophomores Heat's Tyler Herro, Spurs' Keldon Johnson, Grizzlies' Ja Morant, Pelicans' Zion Williamson, Hawks' De'Andre Hunter and Nuggets' Michael Porter Jr. round out the rest of the 10-man squad.
For the World Team, Heat's Precious Achiuwa, Pelicans' Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Wizards' Deni Avdija, Nuggets' Facundo Campazzo, Grizzlies' Brandon Clarke, Thunder's Luguentz Dort, Wizards' Rui Hachimura, Thunder's Theo Maledon and Warriors' Mychal Mulder make up the rest of the roster with Barrett.