The NBA today announced the Rookie Challenge rosters for the 2011 NBA All-Star Weekend, to be held in Los Angeles.
The game will be headlined by Tyreke Evans on the Sophomore team, battling against the all-conquering rookie Blake Griffin.
The Rookie lineup should look something like this:
Meanwhile the Sophs should look like this:
It will be interesting to see how the experience of DeJuan Blair, Taj Gibson and Serge Ibaka combines to attempt to tame the monstrous Blake Griffin. Meanwhile, John Wall‘s speed and athleticism will make for entertaining viewing against Tyreke Evans, Brandon Jennings and Stephen Curry of the Sophs.
Two dark horses to look out for in this game, outside of the big names: Wesley Matthews and DeMar DeRozan. Don’t be surprised to see these guys score big out on the break and really take over this game, irrespective of the bigger stars around them.
The Sophs should certainly be favourites in this game, but as always at All-Star Weekend, who really cares about the result?