NBA Hoops: Jordan rising stars lineup announced

The annual exhibition between sophomores and rookies to be held this February 17, the league finally released the list of players. Follow for more NBA hoops news here!

As per the official release, eleven out of the twelve from the ongoing Kia Rookie Ladder were picked from the 2023 Jordan NBA Rising Stars for the All Star Weekend hosted by Salt Lake City. 

These eleven players from the 2022 Draft class were chosen by NBA’s assistant coaches alongside 10 second-year players and seven G Leaguers. The players will be drafted onto three teams, with G Leaguers sticking together as the fourth team, for a three-game mini-tournament. 

Below is the list of 28 players named for the Jordan Rising Stars:



Paolo Banchero —  Orlando Magic

Jalen Duren — Detroit Pistons

AJ Griffin — Atlanta Hawks

Jaden Ivey — Detroit Pistons

Walker Kessler — Utah Jazz

Bennedict Mathurin — Indiana Pacers

Keegan Murray — Sacramento Kings

Andrew Nembhard — Indiana Pacers

Jabari Smith Jr. — Houston Rockets

Jeremy Sochan — San Antonio Spurs

Jalen Williams — OKC Thunders

Jose Alvarado – NO Pelicans

Scottie Barnes — Toronto Raptors

Josh Giddey — OKC Thunder

Jalen Green — Houston Rockets

Quentin Grimes — New York Knicks

Bones Hyland — Denver Nuggets

Evan Mobley — Cleveland Cavaliers

Trey Murphy III — NO Pelicans

Alperen Sengun — Houston Rockets

Franz Wagner — Orlando Magic

Sidy Cissoko —  G League Ignite

Scoot Henderson – Ge League Ignite

Mojave King — G League Ignite

Kenneth Lofton – Memphis Hustle

Mac McClung – Delaware Blue Coats

Leonard Miller — G League Ignite

Scotty Pippen Jr — South Bay Lakers

In order to pick those 21 NBA player participants, all 30 NBA teams submitted a rookie ballot and sophomore ballot featuring four frontcourt players, four guards, and two additional players of any positions, in order of preference. The only difference of this rising star voting format to an actual all-star voting is that the coaches were not allowed to vote for any player on their team. 

The Jordan Rising Stars teams comprised of rookies and sophomores will be led by NBA legends serving as honorary head coaches: Pau Gasol, a two-time NBA champion; Joakim Noah, a two-time NBA All-Star and 2013-14 Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year; and Deron Williams, a three-time NBA All-Star and two-time All-NBA Second Team member. While the G-League team will be guided by the 2008-2009 KIA NBA Sixth Man of the Year and 20011 NBA Champion for Dallas Mavericks Jason Terry, currently Jazz assistant coach and former head coach for the G League’s Grand Rapids Gold.

There will be also draft night to be held – except the G-League that are already set, the three teams comprised of NBA rookies and sophomores will be determined through this Jordan Rising Stars Draft to be led by Gasol (Team pau), Noah (Team Joakim) and Williams (Team Deron) choosing their preferred seven players.

The format of this rising star game is composed of three games with target final score, it means that the game will end on an actual shot or a free throw rather than a time expiring.

Then a two semi-final game will be played with a race of a score of 40. The final game will be played to a final target score of 25 to determine this year’s Jordan Rising Stars champion.

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