The Rising Stars Challenge at All-Star Weekend always gives fans a chance to wat

The Rising Stars Challenge at All-Star Weekend always gives fans a chance to wat

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The Rising Stars Challenge at All-Star Weekend always gives fans a chance to watch the best young players in the NBA go head-to-head.In what is typically a pickup game featuring the future of the NBA, the Rising Stars Challenge is adopting a new format this year to give the contest a different look. For the first time, the Rising Stars Challenge will consist of four teams of seven players competing in a single-elimination, three-game tournament.The teams were selected by four members of the NBA 75th Anniversary team, picking from a pool of 28 players 12 rookies, 12 sophomores and four players from the NBA's G League Ignite development program.Ahead of the Rising Stars Challenge, members of The Sporting News staff ranked all the NBA players competing in the Friday night event based on their future potential. We excluded the four G League Ignite players since Matt Barnes Jersey they have yet to play in an actual NBA game.You can watch the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, Feb. 18 at 9 p.m. ET.MORE: 1. LaMelo Ball, Charlotte HornetsBest-case scenario:Steve NashBall has proven himself to be one of the best players in the league, not just one of the best young players, after earning his first-career All-Star bid in Year 2. His court vision and pa sing elevates everyone around him, and his showmanship makes him must-see-TV. The sky is the limit for LaMelo.2. Anthony Edwards, Minnesota TimberwolvesBest-case scenario:Dwyane WadeWatch Edwards for two minutes and youll see a bouncy, thunderbolt of a wing who approaches each matchup like hes the best player on the floor. Hes already , a charismatic breath of fresh air quickly establishing himself as a fan favorite.3. Evan Mobley, Cleveland CavaliersBest-case scenario:Kevin Alex Verdugo Jersey GarnettMobley is the most impactful defensive rookie in over a decade. His sheer length, lateral quickne s and natural instincts give him a chance to become a generational big sooner rather than later. 4. Cade Cunningham, Detroit PistonsBest-case scenario:Luka DoncicThe No. 1 pick has been as good as advertised since shaking off the rust from an ankle injury. It wont be long before hes starring on Sundays at the All-Star Game.5. Scottie Barnes, Toronto RaptorsBest-case scenario:Giannis AntetokounmpoBarnes does it all. Hes already scoring, pa sing, defending and rebounding at a high level for a playoff-caliber team, and hes only scratching the surface of his potential.6. Tyrese Haliburton, Indiana PacersBest-case scenario:Deron WilliamsHaliburton is just getting started. After spending the first season-and-a-half splitting ball-handling duties with De'Aaron Fox in Sacramento, the young star has been handed the keys to the Pacers' franchise. He's a sharpshooter, crafty playmaker and rarely makes mistakes. 7. Josh Giddey, Oklahoma City ThunderBest-case scenario:Lamar OdomThis kid is better than expected. He's the youngest player to ever record a triple-double in the NBA, he flirts with a double-double every Steven Wright Jersey night and now hes getting comfortable in the league. Watch out.8. Jalen Green, Houston RocketsBest-case scenario:Zach LaVineIn just his third game of the season, Green buried eight 3s en route to 30 points while showcasing the hops that make him one of the NBAs most enticing young offensive players. Consistency will come in time for Green, who has the potential to someday win a scoring title.9. Tyrese Maxey, Philadelphia 76ersBest-case scenario:Tony ParkerTalk about seizing your opportunity! Maxey has quickly become a crucial part of the 76ers' plans this season, so much so that he was in the James Harden-Ben Simmons trade. His ability to push the tempo, score and create for his teammates has been a shining light this season. 10. Desmond Bane, Memphis GrizzliesBest-case scenario:Malcolm BrogdonBane is one of the guys who are too good to be playing in this game. Hes been the Grizzlies second-best player this season and one of the .11. Jalen Suggs, Orlando MagicBest-case scenario:Kyle LowrySuggs hasn't gotten out to the start that was expected of him, but the future is still bright for the Magic rookie. His toughne s, attitude and winning demeanor will start to shine through eventually. 12. Jonathan Kuminga, Golden State WarriorsBest-case scenario:Paul GeorgeKuminga is serving as an injury replacement for Pacers guard Chris Duarte, but he should have never been omitted from this contest in the first place. He's already serving as a jack-of-all-trades off the bench for one of the best teams in the NBA, and there is still a limitle s ceiling of room to improve. Kuminga will be special for the Warriors one day.13. Franz Kevin Plawecki Jersey Wagner, Orlando MagicBest-case scenario:Gordon HaywardWagner does a little bit of everything and that versatility had him out to a strong start to his rookie campaign. He can score as a shooter or cutter, he's comfortable playmaking with the ball in his hands and he's a multi-positional defender. He's been the best rookie on the Magic this season.14. Saddiq Bey, Detroit PistonsBest-case scenario:Ron ArtestAt 6-foot-8, Bey is the type of player you can throw into any lineup and hell make an impact, whether it be with his long-range shooting or physical defence. The 22-year-old is already a key piece in the Pistons rebuild.15. Cole Anthony, Orlando MagicBest-case scenario:CJ McCollumAnthony overcame a poor rookie year and has been one of the brightest spots for the Magic this season. Hes averaging 18 points, six Tyler Thornburg Jersey rebounds and six a sists, in addition to.16. Alperen Sengun, Houston RocketsBest-case scenario:Domantas SabonisSengun has had a good rookie year so far, showing off some flashy pa sing chops. His slow feet are aproblem defensively, but hes been a fun player to watch.17. Davion Mitchell, Sacramento KingsBest-case scenario:Patrick BeverleyMitchell is already one of the better on-ball defenders in the league. With Haliburton gone, he should get a bigger role in Sacramento.Note: Nuggets rookie Bones Hyland has been named an injury replacement for Mitchell. Hyland has had some big games this season, showing some potential as a Jordan Clarkson-like scorer off the bench.18. Isaiah Stewart, Detroit PistonsBest-case scenario:Ha san WhitesideBeef Stew, as he is commonly called, is a bruising big man for the Pistons. He might best be known for chasing d