Two-time Kia NBA (www.NBA.com) Reigning Rookies of the Month LaMelo Ball and Tyrese Haliburton join Williamson and Morant on US team roster; RJ Barrett (Canada) and Rui Hachimura (Japan) Headline World Team Roster.
NBA All-Star Zion Williamson of the New Orleans Pelicans and Kia NBA Rookie of the Year 2019-2020 Ja Morant of the Memphis Grizzlies topped the list of 20 players selected by the NBA assistant coaches for the 2021 NBA Rising Stars rosters, which were revealed today on NBA Top Shot (https://bit.ly/3bgwNNb).
NBA Rising Stars, the league’s annual showcase for top young talent during NBA All-Star, will not be played this year due to the limitation of All-Star events to one night. To recognize deserving players, the NBA has kept the custom of having league assistant coaches vote for the Rising Stars rosters, which include 10 first- and second-year NBA players from the United States (American team) and 10 from first and second year of the NBA. players from outside the United States (World Team).
Williamson and Morant lead an American team with 10 players from 10 different teams. Joining Williamson and Morant are two-time Charlotte Hornets guard and two-time Kia NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month LaMelo Ball; Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards; Sacramento Kings guard and two-time reigning Kia NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month Tyrese Haliburton; Miami Heat keeps Tyler Herro; Atlanta Hawks forward De’Andre Hunter; San Antonio Spurs guard / forward Keldon Johnson; Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr .; and Golden State Warriors center James Wiseman.
Six countries are represented on the world team roster, including five players from Canada. The world squad is made up of Heat Precious striker Achiuwa (Nigeria); Pelicans guard Nickeil Alexander-Walker (Canada); Washington Wizards forward Deni Avdija (Israel) and Rui Hachimura (Japan); New York Knicks guard / forward RJ Barrett (Canada); Nuggets guard Facundo Campazzo (Argentina); Grizzlies forward Brandon Clarke (Canada); Oklahoma City Thunder Guards Luguentz Dort (Canada) and Théo Maledon (France); and the warriors guard Mychal Mulder (Canada).
By voting for the rising all-star rosters, the assistant coaches selected four frontcourt players, four guards and two additional players to any position for each team. Voters selected at least three NBA freshman players and three NBA sophomores for each team. Assistant coaches were not allowed to vote for any player on their team. Each of the league’s 30 teams submitted one ballot per coaching staff.
The World Team includes five players who participated as campers in Basketball Without Borders (BWB), the NBA and FIBA Global Basketball Community Outreach and Development Program: Avdija (BWB Europe 2018; BWB Global 2019), Barrett (BWB Global 2017), Campazzo (BWB Americas 2009), Dort (BWB Global 2017) and Hachimura (BWB Global 2016).
The NBA’s opening night rosters for the 2020-21 season included 107 international players from 41 countries, marking the seventh consecutive season that the opening night rosters had at least 100 international players. A record nine international players have been named NBA All-Stars this season, including a record five international players voted to start the All-Star Game and a record six All-Star European caps.
Below are the 2021 NBA Rising Stars player lists.
US TEAM LINE-UP
|Player (team)||Pos.||Ht.||Wt.||Date of Birth||Before the NBA||Exp.|
|Bal LaMelo (Charlotte)||g||6-6||181||08/22/01||Illawarra||R|
|Anthony Edwards (Minnesota)||g||6-4||225||05/08/01||Georgia||R|
|Tyrese Haliburton (Sacramento)||g||6-5||175||02/29/00||State of Iowa||R|
|Tyler Herro (Miami)||g||6-5||200||01/20/00||Kentucky||1|
|De’Andre Hunter (Atlanta)||F||6-8||225||02/12/97||Virginia||1|
|Keldon Johnson (San Antonio)||G / F||6-6||210||11/10/99||Kentucky||1|
|Ja Morant (Memphis)||g||6-3||175||08/10/99||Murray State||1|
|Michael Porter Jr. (Denver)||F||6-10||218||06/29/98||Missouri||1|
|Zion Williamson (New Orleans)||F||6-7||284||06/07/00||Duke||1|
|James Wiseman (Golden State)||VS||7-0||244||03/31/01||Memphis||R|
ROASTER WORLD TEAM
|Player (team)||Pos.||Ht.||Wt.||Date of Birth||
Before the NBA /
|Precious Achiuwa (Miami)||F||6-6||181||09/19/99||Memphis / Nigeria||R|
|Nickeil Alexander-Walker (New Orleans)||g||6-4||225||02/09/98||Virginia Tech / Canada||1|
|Deni Avdija (Washington)||F||6-5||175||03/01/01||Maccabi Tel Aviv / Israel||R|
|RJ Barrett (New York)||G / F||6-5||200||06/14/00||Duke / Canada||1|
|Facundo Campazzo (Denver)||g||6-8||225||03/23/91||Real Madrid / Argentina||R|
|Brandon Clarke (Memphis)||F||6-6||210||09/19/96||Gonzaga / Canada||1|
|Luguentz Dort (Oklahoma City)||g||6-3||175||04/19/99||Arizona State / Canada||1|
|Rui Hachimura (Washington State)||F||6-10||218||02/08/98||Gonzaga / Japan||1|
|Théo Maledon (Oklahoma City)||g||6-7||284||06/12/01||ASVEL / France||R|
|Mychal Mulder (Golden State)||g||7-0||244||06/12/94||Kentucky / Canada||1|