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NBA holds Rising Stars draft for rookies, sophs

Posted on: February 16, 2012 8:51 pm
Edited on: February 16, 2012 8:52 pm
 
By Matt Moore 

The NBA held the 2012 Rising Stars Challenge draft Thursday night, the first time the two selected celebrity coaches would draft their own teams from the available pool of eligible selected rookies and sophomores. Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley alternated picks on a live telecast on NBATV, with Barkley coming away with a well-rounded, not-as-star-studded roster and Shaq essentially taking Blake Griffin, Greg Monroe and a bunch of guards. 

Jeremy Lin was a late addition to the pool, along with Norris Cole, after Lin's meteoric rise to stardom created a public outcry to place Lin into the competition. 

Notable from the selections were O'Neal taking Blake Griffin first overall, John Wall sliding to the seventh pick, Lin going second overall to O'Neal's team and an amazing instance of serendipity as Charles Barkley, a brash, rebounding, aggressive big man took DeMarcus Cousins, who is very much in line with the traits Barkley possessed at his age. 

Kyrie Irving going first for Barkley's team shows how strongly most consider the sharpshooting Rookie of the Year leader. 


2012 NBA Rising Stars Challenge

TEAM SHAQ

VS.

TEAM CHUCK

Blake Griffin

VS.

Kyrie Irving

Jeremy Lin

VS.

DeMarcus Cousins

Ricky Rubio

VS.

Gordon Hayward

Markieff Morris

VS.

Paul George

Greg Monroe

VS.

Derrick Williams

Landry Fields

VS.

MarShon Brooks

Norris Cole

VS.

John Wall

Kemba Walker

VS.

Tiago Splitter

Brandon Knight

VS.

Evan Turner

Tristan Thompson

VS.

Kawhi Leonard

Comments

Since: Jan 6, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2012 11:43 am
 

NBA holds Rising Stars draft for rookies, sophs

Where's Jon Leuer!?



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 17, 2012 10:23 am
 

NBA holds Rising Stars draft for rookies, sophs

Shaq wins the drafting!



Since: Mar 25, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2012 9:32 am
 

NBA holds Rising Stars draft for rookies, sophs

Shaq! Now that's how you draft an All-Star Weekend lineup. Lin, Rubio and Walker slashing to the rim or dishing to (fill in the blank). That'll be fun to watch



Since: Jan 6, 2008
Posted on: February 17, 2012 5:18 am
 

NBA holds Rising Stars draft for rookies, sophs

How many point guards does Shaq need? There's not even going to be time to put them all in the game.



Since: Apr 4, 2011
Posted on: February 17, 2012 2:21 am
 

NBA holds Rising Stars draft for rookies, sophs

the last four players were randomly selected. no choice



Since: Nov 30, 2007
Posted on: February 17, 2012 1:28 am
 

NBA holds Rising Stars draft for rookies, sophs

How does Markieff Morris go so high?  Also why would Shaq take Cole, Walker, and Knight in a row when he clearly needed wing players and Evan Turner/Kawhi Leonard were still available.  Sir Charles team is gonna win!



Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: February 16, 2012 11:35 pm
 

NBA holds Rising Stars draft for rookies, sophs

Don't like Shaq but his team is much better.


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