NBA Rising Stars Challenge 2014: Complete List of Participants Revealed

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NBA Rising Stars Challenge 2014: Complete List of Participants Revealed
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The 18 players eligible for the 2014 NBA Rising Stars Challenge draft were announced Wednesday, Jan. 29. Given the depth of this crop of precocious players, the two teams featuring the future faces of the Association are sure to make for an exciting game during All-Star Weekend.   

As reported by BasketballInsiders.com, NBA assistant coaches selected the group of promising young talent. The nine rookies and nine second-year players that were selected will take part in a draft that will be held on Feb. 6 to determine the two teams.

Here is an overview of all the players available for selection, courtesy of the NBA All-Star's official Twitter account:

2014 Rising Stars Challenge Draft: Eligible Players
Rookies Team
Steven Adams, C Oklahoma City Thunder
Giannis Antetokounmpo G/F Milwaukee Bucks
Pero Antic, F/C Atlanta Hawks
Trey Burke, G Utah Jazz
Michael Carter-Williams, G Philadelphia 76ers
Tim Hardaway Jr., G New York Knicks
Victor Oladipo, G Orlando Magic
Kelly Olynyk, F/C Boston Celtics
Mason Plumlee, C/F Brooklyn Nets
Sophomores Team
Harrison Barnes, F Golden State Warriors
Bradley Beal, G Washington Wizards
Anthony Davis, F New Orleans Pelicans
Andre Drummond, C Detroit Pistons
Terrence Jones, F Houston Rockets
Damian Lillard, G Portland Trail Blazers
Jared Sullinger, F Boston Celtics
Jonas Valanciunas, C Toronto Raptors
Dion Waiters, G Cleveland Cavaliers

Source: NBA All-Star Twitter account

The game will take place on Friday, Feb. 14, in New Orleans Arena. General Managers for the teams will be announced at a later date.

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Headlining the bunch is hometown Pelicans' big man Anthony Davis, whose stellar offensive game and shot-blocking ability could land him a yet-to-be-announced reserve spot on the Western Conference All-Star squad. Davis should get plenty of cheers from the friendly crowd throughout the entire weekend.

Portland Trail Blazers point guard and reigning NBA Rookie of the Year Damian Lillard was also named to the 18-player pool, which comes as no surprise since he's driven the team to a 33-13 record thus far.

Some of the NBA's struggling teams can take solace in the fact that other assistant coaches see great potential in some of their players.

Rookies Victor Oladipo of the Orlando Magic and Milwaukee Bucks swingman Giannis Antetokounmpo were chosen to partake in this premier showcase, where they'll have a far bigger stage than usual to display their skills.

The Utah Jazz passed along this quote from rookie Trey Burke, who commented on being selected to take part in the event:

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Perhaps the most exciting member of the 2013 draft class, though, is Philadelphia 76ers point guard Michael Carter-Williams, whose unique length for the position and untapped upside give him a high ceiling as a pro.

As exciting as it will be to monitor many of these promising players' careers moving forward, the Rising Stars Challenge is a great opportunity for basketball fans to catch them all in one place competing against each other.  

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