When 17 young basketball players and Pero Antic arrive in New Orleans for the NBA All-Star festivities, they'll be drafted onto two teams and asked to play in the 2014 Rising Stars Challenge.
The actual general managers who will be doing the drafting for the Feb. 14 contest have yet to be announced, though the field of eligible players is set. B/R's Dan Favale and I presumably won't be selected as the real GMs for the Rising Stars game, but that's not going to stop us from drafting our own nine-man teams.
Starting with Dan's No. 1 pick, we're tasked with building the most competitive squads from the pool of 18 first- and second-year players. The point isn't to produce the most highlights, entertain the fans as much as possible or give everyone opportunities to shine.
Dan and I want to beat each other, preferably by such a large margin that we're able to knock the other GM down and then step on his throat as the clock winds down toward the final buzzer.
Metaphorically, of course—except for the clock part, since that actually does happen during basketball games.
Take a look at how the selection process unfolded, then let us know who you think comes out on top. There's a comment section for a reason, after all.
Note: All stats, unless otherwise indicated, come from Basketball-Reference and are accurate as of Jan. 31.