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Dallas Mavericks freshman Luka Doncic is heading into the World Cup, and Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young carries the torch for Team USA.
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Present the #MTNDEWICERisingStars 2019 on @NBAAllStar! https://t.co/fOsYRCDTjA[19659008*DoncicistNBA-StarderSeason2018-19DeratingEuroleagueMVPhas the second highest fan choice among Western Conference participants (4,242,980 votes) for the All-Star Game, only LeBron James followed by the Los Angeles Lakers (4,620,809 votes).
To assemble Doncic and Young would be an annual showpiece for the NBA's young stars. The two were traded against each other during the Draft of 2018 and lead their respective teams as rookies.
For the second year in a row, Lakers Guard Lonzo Ball may miss the Rising Stars Challenge. He expected to be four to six weeks away with a sprained ankle that suffered against the Houston Rockets on January 19th. The early end of this schedule would bring him back during the NBA's All-Star Weekends, February 15-17.
Sacramento Kings Guard Bogdan Bogdanovic is back in the game after being named MVP when he scored 26 points in the World of the World. 124 victory last year. He may be the first player to win the award twice in the 25-year history of the Rising Stars Challenge.
Other recurring stars include Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers, De'Arton Fox of the Kings, Lauri Markkanen of Chicago Bulls, and Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics.
The 2019 Rising Stars Challenge will take place on February 15th at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.