On February 6, Shaquille O'Neal will have the first pick in the 2014 BBVA Rising Stars Challenge Draft. He's lost to Charles Barkley's team two years in a row, ever since the Hall of Fame pair started drafting the annual rookies versus sophomores All-Star Weekend exhibition game. Here's how I think the draft will go.
The talent pool for this year's game is slimmer than usual. While last year's game featured such names as Paul George and Kyrie Irving, this year's crop quickly descends to middling players who are still looking for playing time early in their NBA careers.
Never fear! This game, thanks to the rivalry between Team Shaq and Team Chuck, has become one of the most exciting parts of the All-Star break. The draft is an event unto itself.
Let's see how the lineups will look at tipoff on Valentine's night...