Team Webber vs. Team Hill: Start Time, TV Info and Live Stream Info

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistFebruary 14, 2014

HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 15: Anthony Davis #23 of Team Chuck goes to the basket against Kyrie Irving #2 of Team Shaq during the 2013 BBVA Rising Stars Challenge at Toyota Center on February 15, 2013 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
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While the Rising Stars Challenge only features players in their first two seasons in the NBA, there is some serious star power on display at the start of All-Star Weekend.

Damian Lillard and Anthony Davis both earned spots in Sunday's All-Star Game, while a number of other players will almost certainly reach that stage eventually.

This event used to be a battle between the rookies and the sophomores, but now it is a mixed bag of the two. This year's version pits former NBA stars and current analysts Grant Hill and Chris Webber against each other after the two drafted their teams live on television:

Although not many will care about who earns bragging rights between these two, the game will be an enjoyable look at some of the best young stars in the sport. 

 

When: Friday, Feb. 14

Where: Smoothie King Center, New Orleans

Time: 9 p.m. ET

TV: TNT

Live Stream: TNT Overtime

Rising Stars Challenge
Team WebberTeam Hill
PlayerTeamPlayerTeam
Anthony DavisNew Orleans PelicansDamian LillardPortland Trail Blazers
Michael Carter-WilliamsPhiladelphia 76ersBradley BealWashington Wizards
Tim Hardaway Jr.New York KnicksAndre DrummondDetroit Pistons
Trey BurkeUtah JazzHarrison BarnesGolden State Warriors
Jared SullingerBoston CelticsTerrence JonesHouston Rockets
Mason PlumleeBrooklyn NetsGiannis AntetokounmpoMilwaukee Bucks
Victor OladipoOrlando MagicJonas ValanciunasToronto Raptors
Steven AdamsOklahoma City ThunderDion WaitersCleveland Cavaliers
Kelly OlynykBoston CelticsMiles PlumleePhoenix Suns
via NBA.com

 

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Damian Lillard Starts His Busy Weekend

OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 26: Damian Lillard #0 of the Portland Trail Blazers in a game against the Golden State Warriors on January 26, 2014 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and
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Some players use the All-Star break to get some much-needed rest during the long season. Damian Lillard decided to go the other way and participate in as many events as possible. 

NBA.com notes that his three days will be historic:

Lillard will start the weekend in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday before competing in three events on Saturday night and eventually the All-Star Game on Sunday. As if that was not enough, he is also hosting an Adidas party on Saturday, according to Allan Brettman of The Oregonian.

While this will expend plenty of energy, he should do well in all competitions. He is the defending champion of the skills challenge, and his 40.4 shooting percentage from behind the arc will help him in the three-point contest.

As for the dunk contest, he has a good strategy. Lillard told Mike Tokito of The Oregonian his secret: "Make dunks. There are some guys that are probably more athletic than I am, probably got a little more tricks in them than I do. At the end of the day, you gotta make dunks."

No matter how he fares, he will certainly become a household name by the end of the weekend.

 

Michigan Backcourt Reunited

TARRYTOWN, NY - AUGUST 6: Trey Burke #3 of the Utah Jazz and Tim Hardaway Jr. #5 of the New York Knicks poses for a portrait during the 2013 NBA rookie photo shoot on August 6, 2013 at the Madison Square Garden Training Facility in Tarrytown, New York. NO
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No one should be all that surprised that former Michigan star Chris Webber selected both Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. to his team.

The pair helped lead the Wolverines to the national title game a year ago, which was the deepest run for a Michigan team since Webber's Fab Five squad in 1993.

They were also both selected in the first round of the NBA draft, something that brought their coach great joy, according to Nicole Auerbach of USA Today:

This year, both Burke and Hardaway have gotten off to great individual starts with their new teams, although they have not seen too many wins. They will hope that playing next to each other again will lead to more success.

At the very least, we should see some more of this:

 

Plumlee vs. Plumlee

INDIANAPOLIS - APRIL 05:  Mason Plumlee #5 and Miles Plumlee #21 of the Duke Blue Devils support their teammates from the bench against the Butler Bulldogs during the 2010 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on
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There are a number of brothers in the NBA, but it is always fun when they compete against each other. Doing it in a relaxed exhibition should make things even more interesting. 

Mason Plumlee was originally selected to Team Webber after a solid start to his rookie year with the Brooklyn Nets. However, Miles Plumlee only got an invite to the game as an injury replacement for Pero Antic. 

Still, Miles is deserving of the honor as a starter for the surprisingly good Phoenix Suns. He has 10 double-doubles this season and has been an anchor in the middle of the defense.

He discussed what it means to make this team and compete against his brother, via Paul Coro of AZCentral.com:

It’s big step for me, but I’ve learned not to validate myself by other people’s standards. When they didn’t pick me, I wasn’t going to let it get to me. When they did pick me, I’m not letting it bother me. ... It’s an honor to be in it, but it makes more special to against my brother for sure. I think it’s more exciting to go against him because we haven’t had the opportunity in a long time.

After the two competed on the same team throughout high school and at Duke, you can expect some sibling rivalry in the matchup. 

 

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