I can't help it - it's the suit.
We're nearly on the eve of the All-Star Break, and NBA fans are all atwitter. In an effort to shake things up, the traditional format of the Rookie-Sophomore game has been scrapped. Instead, Shaq and Charles Barkley are pitted against one another in a battle of young talent and ridiculous one-liners.
I'll go ahead and say it; the Rising Stars Challenge is going to be awesome. As dreams of Rubio-to-Griffin alley-oops dance in my head, I've compiled a list of the best players on each squad.
This list is, admittedly, far from definitive. One of the best aspects of watching a young player in the NBA is their maturation process and often volatile inconsistency, a factor that also makes them very difficult to "rate."
After too much meditation, here are my observations.