All-Star 2012 Rising Stars Challenge Teams Announced: Gordon Hayward makes the cut!

Congrats to G-Time / OG Time / The Precious for being recognized by the NBA heads, and chosen to be part of the 9 man roster for the Sophomore team. He'll be going alone though, as none of the other Jazz youth brigade made the cut. Represent us well, Gordon!

Rookies:

Player Pos Team Round Pick Year PER '11-12
Kyrie Irving PG Cleveland Cavaliers 1 1 2011 21.6
Derrick Williams PF/SF Minnesota Timberwolves 1 2 2011 14.7
Tristan Thompson PF/SF Cleveland Cavaliers 1 4 2011 13.3
Ricky Rubio PG Minnesota Timberwolves 1 5 2009 17.5
Brandon Knight PG Detroit Pistons 1 8 2011 10.7
Kemba Walker PG Charlotte Bobcats 1 9 2011 14.3
Markieff Morris SF/PF Phoenix Suns 1 13 2011 12.1
Kawhi Leonard SG/SF San Antonio Spurs 1 15 2011 14.4
MarShon Brooks SG New Jersey Nets 1 25 2011 18.4
Didn't Make It:
Enes Kanter PF/C Utah Jazz 1 3 2011 15.9
Alec Burks SG Utah Jazz 1 12 2011 13.8

Sophomores:

Player Pos Team Round Pick Year PER '11-12
Blake Griffin PF Los Angeles Clippers 1 1 2009 22.6
John Wall PG Washington Wizards 1 1 2010 16.7
Evan Turner SF/SG Philadelphia 76ers 1 2 2010 15.0
DeMarcus Cousins C Sacramento Kings 1 5 2010 20.5
Greg Monroe PF/C Detroit Pistons 1 7 2010 23.5
Gordon Hayward SF/SG Utah Jazz 1 9 2010 14.0
Paul George SF/SG Indiana Pacers 1 10 2010 16.9
Tiago Splitter PF/C San Antonio Spurs 1 28 2007 18.8
Landry Fields SG New York Knicks 2 39 2010 13.0
Didn't Make It:
Derrick Favors C/PF Utah Jazz
1 3 2010 15.0

PER isn't the be-all-end-all Stat, but I listed it here just to get a quick look at how these guys are playing. What does it say when Kanter can't make it on the Rookie team, who is starved for bigs? What does it say about us that we have four lotto guys on our current roster, and we somehow are incapable of either a) playing them, or b) finding lotto picks worth playing?

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