Victor Wembanyama among 28 named to NBA Rising Stars

Twenty-one NBA players, including San Antonio Spurs rookie Victor Wembanyama, and seven NBA G League players were named to the 2024 Rising Stars, slated for Feb. 16 during All-Star Weekend in Indianapolis.

Wembanyama, the first overall pick in last June’s NBA draft, has averaged 20.6 points, 10.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 3.1 blocks per game through 41 games of his rookie season.

The player pool features 11 NBA rookies and 10 second-year players. The format calls for a four-team tournament; the seven G League players will make up one team, and the other three seven-player squads will be drafted from the NBA player pool.

The honorary head coaches will be Hall of Famer Pau Gasol, whose team won last year’s Rising Stars title; fellow Hall of Famer Tamika Catchings, who starred for the Indiana Fever; and former Pacers stars Jalen Rose and Detlef Schrempf.

The players selected to the Rising Stars are below:

NBA sophomores –Paolo Banchero, Orlando Magic –Dyson Daniels, New Orleans Pelicans –Jalen Duren, Detroit Pistons –Jaden Ivey, Detroit Pistons –Walker Kessler, Utha Jazz –Bennedict Mathurin, Indiana Pacers –Keegan Murray, Sacramento Kings –Shaedon Sharpe, Portland Trail Blazers –Jabari Smith Jr., Houston Rockets –Jalen Williams, Oklahoma City Thunder

NBA rookies –Bilal Coulibaly, Washington Wizards –Keyonte George, Utah Jazz –Jordan Hawkins, New Orleans Pelicans –Scoot Henderson, Portland Trail Blazers –Chet Holmgren, Oklahoma City Thunder –Jaime Jaquez Jr., Miami Heat –Dereck Lively II, Dallas Mavericks –Brandon Miller, Charlotte Hornets –Brandin Podziemski, Golden State Warriors –Cason Wallace, Oklahoma City Thunder –Victor Wembanyama, San Antonio Spurs

NBA G League players –Izan Almansa, G League Ignite –Matas Buzelis, G League Ignite –Ron Holland, G League Ignite –Mac McClung, Osceola Magic –Tyler Smith, G League Ignite –Oscar Tshiebwe, Indiana Mad Ants –Alondes Williams, Sioux Falls Skyforce