Jamal Murray will defend his Rising Stars MVP title

by Olga Hunt January 26, 2018, 2:06
Jamal Murray will defend his Rising Stars MVP title

The 2018 NBA Rising Stars Game rosters were officially announced on Wednesday as the squads were once again broken into Team U.S. and Team World. He's averaging 14.7 points, 3.9 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game. He ranked tied for first among qualified rookies in blocks per game, second in field-goal percentage (59) and fourth in rebounds. Last season, Murray won MVP of the game after picking up 36 points and 11 assists in Team World's 150-141 win.

The former Kentucky Wildcat has posted 20-plu points 17 times and 30-plus points six times, both the most among all players under 21 years old. The coaches were required to vote for four frontcourt players, four guards and two additional players at either position, in order of preference, for each team (U.S. Team and World Team).

The rosters, which you can see in total below, are comprised of 10 first-year and 10 second-year National Basketball Association players and divided into US and World teams.

Lakers rookies Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma highlight the USA team that will face them.

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Joining Murray on this year's World team is Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid (Cameroon), Ben Simmons (Australia) and Dario Saric (Croatia), the Sacramento Kings' Bogdan Bogdanovic (Serbia) and Buddy Hield (Bahamas), the Memphis Grizzlies' Dillon Brooks (Canada), the Chicago Bulls' Lauri Markkanen (Finland), the New York Knicks' Frank Ntilikina (France) and the Indiana Pacers' Domantas Sabonis (Lithuania).

The head coaches for the Mtn Dew Kickstart Rising Stars will be the lead assistant coaches from the 2018 NBA All-Star Game coaching staffs.

"It's an honor to be a part of All-Star weekend and to participate in something like that", Saric said.


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