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Valanciunas, Olynyk among invitees to NBA All-Star Weekend

TSN.ca Staff

1/29/2014 5:04:32 PM

Toronto Raptors centre Jonas Valanciunas and Kamloops B.C.'s Kelly Olynyk of the Boston Celtics were among the 18 players selected for the 2014 BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge in New Orleans during NBA All-Star Weekend.

The list also features Michael Carter-Williams of the Philadelphia 76ers, the New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Davis and the Portland Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard.

Valanciunas is averaging 10.4 points and 8.5 rebounds per game this season with Toronto. Olynyk is averaging 6.6 points and 4.4 rebound per game this season.  

Carter-Williams, the Kia NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for games played in October/November, leads all first year players in scoring (17.4 ppg), assists (6.7 apg), rebounding (5.6 apg) and steals (2.41 spg). Davis, the league leader in blocks (3.27 bpg), is averaging a double-double with 20.4 points and 10.4 rebounds.

Sophomore players selected to participate are the Golden State Warriors' Harrison Barnes, the Washington Wizards' Bradley Beal, the Detroit Pistons' Andre Drummond, the Houston Rockets' Terrence Jones, the Boston Celtics' Jared Sullinger and the Cleveland Cavaliers' Dion Waiters.

Rookies include Steven Adams of the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Atlanta Hawks' Pero Antic, the Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Utah Jazz's Trey Burke, the New York Knicks' Tim Hardaway, Jr., the Orlando Magic's Victor Oladipo and the Brooklyn Nets' Mason Plumlee.

This marks the third straight year rookies and sophomores will be mixed together on teams.