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NBA Rising Stars 2013: Who Went Too High, Who Went Too Low?
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Charles Barkley and Shaquille O'Neal picked their 2013 BBVA Rising Stars Challenge rosters on TNT's NBA Tip-Off on Feb. 7, and some of their selections were, um, curious.

Both Shaq and Chuck have gotten themselves into hot water (or at least looked a little foolish) in the past for speaking before thinking. Although, O'Neal somehow totally nailed his proclamation that Brook Lopez was a better center than Dwight Howard, and Barkley is often correct in his vehement denouncement of jump-shooting teams.

So maybe they deserve the benefit of the doubt.

That's no fun, though. So in the interest of objective criticism, it's time to go through the members of #TeamShaq and #TeamChuck to determine which players were taken too high, and which ones went too low.

Keep in mind that we're dealing with an exhibition here, and the teams' respective scores figure to get up past 140 points apiece. As such, we're of the opinion that Barkley and O'Neal should have been prizing players who'll give their teams the best chance of winning an up-and-down shootout.

It's time for a little immediate hindsight.

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