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2018 Mountain Dew Kickstart Rising Stars game preview

Time to watch the future NBA all stars

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The race for Rookie of the Year will get interesting as Donovan Mitchell and Ben Simmons headline the 2018 Mountain Dew Kickstart Rising Stars game. In one of the hottest races for Rookie of the Year, the two will definitely be jockeying for MVP of the Rising Stars game. Currently, Donovan Mitchell is averaging 19.6 points, 3.5 assists and 3.5 rebounds. Ben Simmons is averaging 16.4 points, 7.8 rebounds and 7.3 assists per game.

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Playing in both the All-Star game and the Rising Stars game is Joel Embiid who has become one of the biggest stars in the game. On the season Embiid is averaging 23.7 points, 11.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. Embiid, along with a long list of stars, showcases just how good this crop of young stars is. The future of the NBA is very bright!

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Also of note, Los Angeles Lakers rookie guard Lonzo Ball will be replaced by Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox to nurse an MCL sprain.

Game Info:

When: Friday, February 16, 2018 • 9:00 PM ET

Where: Staples Center - Los Angeles, CA


NBA Rising Stars Rosters


Bogdan Bogdanovic (Kings) | G

Dillon Brooks (Grizzlies) | F-G

Joel Embiid (76ers) | C

Buddy Hield (Kings) | G

Lauri Markkanen (Bulls) | F

Jamal Murray (Nuggets) | G

Frank Ntilikina (Knicks) | G

Domantas Sabonis (Pacers) | C-F

Dario Saric (76ers) | F

Ben Simmons (76ers) | G-F


Jaylen Brown (Celtics) | G-F

John Collins (Hawks) | F-C

Kris Dunn (Bulls) | G

Brandon Ingram (Lakers) | F

Kyle Kuzma (Lakers) | F

Donovan Mitchell (Jazz) | G

Dennis Smith, Jr. (Mavericks) | G

Jayson Tatum (Celtics) | F

Taurean Prince (Hawks) | F

De’Aaron Fox (Kings) | G

The uniforms will be throwbacks to old Lakers and Clippers uniforms and look great.