New Orleans -Â The African continent had two representatives in theÂ Rising Star NBA All Star Challenge match played here yesterday.
AÂ frontrunner for the Rookie of the Year Award,Â Nigerian/AmericanÂ Victor Oladipo (Orlando Magic), playing for Team Webber scored 13 points Â in 20 minutes, while 19-year-old Greek/NigerianÂ Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks), playing for Team Hill, scored 9 points in 17 minutes played.
Team Hill defeated Team Webber 142 to 136.
Andre Drummond of the Detroit Pistons was named the match’s MVP. He scored 30 points and he had a newÂ Rising Stars Challenge-record 25 rebounds.
Team Hill, drafted by Grant Hill and coached by Nate McMillan, used a starting lineup of Lillard, Bradley Beal, Harrison Barnes, Drummond and Jonas Valanciunas.
Team Webber, drafted by Chris Webber and coached by Rex Kalamian, started Michael Carter-Williams, Victor Oladipo, Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk and Anthony Davis.
-Damian LillardÂ (Portland, Soph.)
-Bradley BealÂ (Washington, Soph.)
-Andre DrummondÂ (Detroit, Soph.)
-Harrison BarnesÂ (Golden State, Soph.)
-Terrence JonesÂ (Houston, Soph.)
–Giannis AntetokounmpoÂ (Milwaukee, Rookie)
–Jonas ValanciunasÂ (Toronto, Soph.)
-Dion WaitersÂ (Cleveland, Soph)
-Pero AnticÂ (Atlanta, Rookie)
-Anthony DavisÂ (New Orleans, Soph.)
-Michael Carter-WilliamsÂ (Philadelphia, Rookie)
-Tim Hardaway Jr.Â (New York, Rookie)
-Trey BurkeÂ (Utah, Rookie)
-Jared SullingerÂ (Boston, Soph.)
–Mason PlumleeÂ (Brooklyn, Rookie)
–Victor OladipoÂ (Orlando, Rookie)
-Steven AdamsÂ (OKC, Rookie)
-Kelly OlynykÂ (Boston, Rookie)