NBA All-Star Weekend 2012: BBVA Rising Stars Game Mock Draft

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NBA All-Star Weekend 2012: BBVA Rising Stars Game Mock Draft
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This year the NBA has switched up the format for the annual Rookie/Sophomore Challenge at the 2012 NBA All-Star Game

Instead of the normal game where the top rookies face off against the top sophomores, there will be a draft to determine the two teams that mixes both groups of players. 

I believe this was a genius move that will definitely make the game more exciting this year, especially since they've named Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley as the two coaches. The draft will be held next Thursday night, February 16, on NBA TV at 7 P.M.

Here are the two pools of players that the two coaches will draft from.

Sophomores: DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings), Landry Fields (New York Knicks), Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers), Gordon Hayward (Utah Jazz), Greg Monroe (Detroit Pistons), Tiago Splitter (San Antonio Spurs), Evan Turner (Philadelphia 76ers) Paul George (Indiana Pacers), and John Wall (Washington Wizards).

Rookies: Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers), Ricky Rubio (Minnesota Timberwolves), Brandon Knight (Detroit Pistons), Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs), Markieff Morris (Phoenix Suns), Marshon Brooks (New Jersey Nets), Tristan Thompson (Cleveland Cavaliers), Kemba Walker (Charlotte Bobcats) and Derrick Williams (Minnesota Timberwolves)

I assume they will use a snake format for the draft, which means the teams will alternate who selects first each round. Sir Charles has won the coin toss and will select first. 

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