Zion Williamson and Ja Morant Lead NBA Rising Stars Rosters
Zion Williamson and Ja Morant who play respectively for the New Orleans Pelicans and Memphis Grizzlies currently, are the two top leads amongst the list of twenty players selected for the 2021 NBA Rising Stars rosters.
The search for the Rising Stars roster was recently complied by the National Basketball Association assistant coaches.
The yearly league organized by the association showcasing young talents during the NBA- all-star games was not feasible this 2021. This hiccup in the plan came forth due to the restrain in holding the All-Star event all in one night; courtesy to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Nevertheless, recognizing deserving players wasn’t much of a difficult task since other measures were made available.
Just as it is a custom for the All-Star NBA league, in the case of uncertainties to employ other means for selecting rising players. The Rising Star rosters were voted for this season by their assistant coaches.
In this case, the selection will comprise 10-first and second-year NBA players from the United States team and 10-first and second-year NBA players from the world team. Sum mounting to a total of 20 players on the NBA selection list.
The other unique players on the Rising Stars list are:
According to the list, the selected few, Zion Williamson and Ja Morant, lead the United States Team roster with ten other players from different teams. Joining Zion Williamson and Ja Morant on the U.S list are Charlotte Hornets, Anthony Edwards, Tyrese Haliburton, De’ Andre Hunter, Tyler Herro, Micheal Porter Jr., James Wiseman, and Keldon Johnson.
From the world team, five players were representing five different countries. However, the other half came majorly from Canada. The world team comprised the following all- Star roster: Precious Achiuwa (Nigeria), Nickeil Alexander-walker (Canada), Deni Avdija (Israel), Rui Hachimura (Japan), Facundo Campazzo (Argentina), Brandon Clarke (Canada), Luguentz Sort (Canada), Theo Maledon (France), and Mychal Mulder (Canada).
Surprisingly, some of the world team members like Avdija, Barrett, Campazzo, Dort, and Hachimura had in a time participated as campers in the BWB, NBA, and FIBA’s global basketball and development community outreach program.
The criteria the assistant coaches employed for voting the Rising Stars rosters was standard; at default, no compromises. They specifically selected four front Court players, four guards, and two more players positioned for each team. The voters had a minimum selection of three first-year NBA players and three second-year NBA players for each team.
Casting the votes took a unique turn.
Another overwhelming thing that occurred while casting the votes was that no assistant coach was to vote for their beloved team members. It was a measure that needed discretion from all angles. And that discretion, the NBA board made happen to avoid coaches biased.
The NBA opening night roster for the 2020 and 2021 season was attended by 107 international players from 41 countries in the world. This event marked the seventh consecutive season that the opening night roster had a minimum of hundred international players seated for an event such as this one.