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NBA Releases 2024 Panini Rising Stars Player Pool

On January 30, the NBA announced the roster for the 2024 Panini Rising Stars game, which is a part of the NBA All-Star games. This game consists of 28 players, comprised of 11 NBA Rookies, 10 sophomores in the NBA, and seven players from the G League, which is the NBA minor league.

Courtesy of the National Basketball Association

How do players get chosen?

Every NBA coaching staff was able to put in a ballot for rookies and another for the four frontcourt players, four guards, and two people of either position. They were not able to pick a player from their own team. 

Depending on where each player was ranked on the ballot, they earned a certain number of points. The players with the most points were selected for the game. 

How does the Panini Rising Stars Game work?

The 21 players from the NBA will be split up into three teams of seven through a draft taking place on February 6th. The seven players from the G League will have their own team. 

Tamika Catchings, a WNBA superstar will coach a team along with Pau Gasol, Jalen Rose, and Detlef Schrempf, all notable players in the NBA, will each lead their own team as well. Schrempf will be coaching the G League team, while Catchings, Gasol, and Rose will be selecting their players in the aforementioned draft. 

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The game format will be a relatively simple bracket, Team A will play Team B in Game 1 and Team C will play Team D in Game 2. The winners of Game 1 and Game 2 will meet in the final. There will not be a timer to signify the end of the game, instead they will be playing for a Final Target Score. This means the game will end on a made basket or free throw, and whoever reaches the score first will be the winner. Game 1 and 2 will be playing to a Final Target Score of 40, while the final game will only be to a Final Target Score of 25 to raise the intensity of the game. 

Why is it called the Panini Rising Stars Game?

The sponsor of this game is Panini America. They are the world leader in officially licensed collectables. Panini America publishes trading cards, stickers, comic books, and children’s magazines. They work with notable organizations such as the NFL, NFLPA, NBA, NBPA, NASCAR, FIFA, UFC, WWE, and Disney. Additionally, they are exclusive partners with Pro Football Hall of Fame, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Elite 11, and Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc. for trading cards and stickers. 

Courtesy of the National Basketball Association

Who got selected?

NBA Rookies:

Bilal Coulibaly: Guard; Washington Wizards

Keyonte George: Guard; Utah Jazz

Jordan Hawkins: Guard; New Orleans Pelicans

Scoot Henderson: Guard; Portland Trail Blazers

Chet Holmgren: Frontcourt; Oklahoma City Thunder)

Jaime Jaquez. Jr: Frontcourt; Miami Heat

Dereck Lively II: Frontcourt; Dallas Mavericks

Brandon Miller: Frontcourt; Charlotte Hornets

Brandin Podziemski: Guard; Golden State Warriors

Cason Wallace: Guard; Oklahoma City Thunder

Victor Wembanyama: Frontcourt; San Antonio Spurs

NBA Sophomores:

Paolo Banchero: Frontcourt; Orlando Magic

Dyson Daniels: Guard; New Orleans Pelicans

Jalen Duren: Frontcourt; Detroit Pistons

Jaden Ivey: Guard; Detroit Pistons

Walker Kessler: Frontcourt; Utah Jazz

Bennedict Mathurin: Guard; Indiana Pacers

Keegan Murray: Frontcourt; Sacramento Kings

Shaedon Sharpe: Guard; Portland Trail Blazers

Jabari Smith Jr.: Frontcourt; Houston Rockets

Jalen Williams: Frontcourt; Oklahoma City Thunder

NBA G League:

Izan Almansa: Frontcourt; G League Ignite

Matas Buzelis: Frontcourt; G League Ignite

Ron Holland: Frontcourt; G League Ignite

Mac McClung: Guard; Osceola Magic

Tyler Smith: Frontcourt; G League Ignite

Oscar Tshiebwe: Frontcourt; Indiana Mad Ants

Alondes Williams: Guard; Sioux Falls Skyforce

Edited by Emilia Morello

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