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New Rising Stars format to include four G League Ignite players

New Rising Stars format to include four G League Ignite players

The NBA announced today a new format for the 2022 Rising Stars, which will be played on Friday, Feb. 18 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland as part of NBA All-Star 2022.  TNT will televise the annual showcase of premier young talent at 9 p.m. ET.

Rising Stars will feature four seven-player teams competing in a mini-tournament consisting of three games.  Each game will be played to a Final Target Score, meaning that a game will end with a made basket or a made free throw instead of with the clock running out.

The pool of 28 players for Rising Stars will consist of 12 first-year NBA players, 12 second-year NBA players and four elite young players from NBA G League Ignite, a first-of-its-kind team dedicated to developing top prospects in preparation for the NBA Draft.

The combined 24 first- and second-year NBA players for Rising Stars will be selected by NBA assistant coaches, with each of the league’s 30 teams submitting one ballot per coaching staff.  The four NBA G League Ignite players will be selected by NBA G League head coaches.

NBA legends who were named to the league’s 75th Anniversary Team and assistant coaches from the 2022 NBA All-Star Game coaching staffs will comprise the combined coaching staffs for Rising Stars.  The coaches will select their team rosters in the Rising Stars Draft.  Each team will select seven players, including one NBA G League Ignite player.  More details about the coaches and the draft will be announced at a later date.  

In the mini-tournament, Team A will face Team B in the first semifinal (Game 1) and Team C will play Team D in the second semifinal (Game 2).  The winner of Game 1 will meet the winner of Game 2 in the final (Game 3).

The competition will consist of a “race to 75” points in honor of the NBA’s landmark 75th Anniversary Season.  The semifinal games will be played to a Final Target Score of 50.  The final game will be played to a Final Target Score of 25, for a total of 75 points across the semifinal and final.

In addition, a timed shooting competition called the Clorox Clutch Challenge will take place between Games 2 and 3 of Rising Stars.  A total of eight NBA and NBA G League Ignite players will be divided into four teams of two and compete to make shots from five locations on the court tied to iconic shots made in the NBA Playoffs.

Each team will compete with one shared ball and its players must alternate shots so no player shoots two times consecutively.  Team 1 is given 1 minute and 30 seconds (1:30 counting down) to make a shot from each of the five locations in any order.  Team 1’s time is then the marker for Team 2.  If Team 1’s time is 1:15, then Team 2 will have a 1:15 countdown clock to complete the competition.  Each team that establishes a new standard sets the clock for the next team competing, and the fastest finisher will win the Clorox Clutch Challenge.   

Source: NBA Communications

ANALYSIS: This is a relatively monumental move for the NBA as they push to make the G League a more viable option for high school players before entering the NBA.

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