January 30, 2013
The NBA announced today that New Orleans Hornets F Anthony Davis has been selected to participate in the 2013 BBVA Rising Stars Challenge in a vote by NBA assistant coaches. The NBA All-Star Weekend event features two nine-man teams comprised of both NBA rookies and sophomores drafted by TNT analysts Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal, who will serve as general managers for their respective teams.
Davis, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2012 NBA Draft, has appeared in 32 games so far this season and is averaging 12.9 points, 7.6 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.8 blocks per game. The University of Kentucky product is averaging more rebounds, blocks, and steals per game than any other rookie so far this season. He also ranks second among all rookies in efficiency (17.2) and double-doubles (7).
The BBVA Rising Stars Challenge, which can be seen live nationally on TNT and listened to live on ESPN Radio, will be played on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 8:00pm CST at the Toyota Center in Houston, TX.