Published: Sat, February 02, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Ben Simmons joins Donovan Mitchell and Luka Doncic in Rising Stars game

Ben Simmons joins Donovan Mitchell and Luka Doncic in Rising Stars game

Australia's Simmons and the Dallas Mavericks' Slovenian sensation Doncic will play for the World Team in the game that pits 10 first- and second-year players from the United States against 10 counterparts from overseas. They will be joined by Toronto Raptors forward O.G. Anunoby, Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton, Sacramento Kings forward Bogdan Bogdanović, LA Clippers guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Brooklyn Nets swingman Rodions Kurucs, Chicago Bulls stretch-forward Lauri Markkanen, Minnesota Timberwolves guard Josh Okogie and Cleveland Cavaliers forward Cedi Osman.

The honorary coaches for the game will be the Celtics' Kyrie Irving (US) and the Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki (World). World game at the All-Star Game next month.

Fifteen different National Basketball Association franchises will have players in the contest. The design is inspired by the ABA's Carolina Cougars team of the 1960s and 1970s, a natural move given that Charlotte is hosting this year's All-Star festivities.

The league announced Mitchell as one of the participants for Team USA during Thursday's revealing of the rosters on TNT. Team World has won the past two challenges.

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Following Tuesday's practice, Jazz coach Quin Snyder said he could care less about Mitchell's decision to participate in All-Star Weekend as long as he continues to help the team rack up victories. The World is now 3-1, most recently winning 155-124 with Bogdan Bogdanovic (who is playing this year) winning MVP honors. Yet, Young is having a strong season himself, as he's posted 16.4 points, 7.3 assists, and 3.2 rebounds per game.

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The Rising Stars Challenge takes place on February 15 at 9:00 p.m. ET.

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