The game – a replacement for the rookie-sophomore game – will be played Friday, Feb. 15, in Houston during All-Star weekend. The aspect I find more interesting than the game itself: Charles and Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal will draft the teams Thursday, Feb. 7 mixing nine rookies and nine sophomores.
- Drummond will go top four. Kyrie Irving will be No. 1 with Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard and Drummond (not necessarily in order) following shortly thereafter.
- Knight, if the draft follows the same format as last year, again won’t be picked. Irving and Lillard will be premium picks. Someone will scoop up Kemba Walker, and then there’s a drop to Knight.
I’m a bit surprised Kyle Singler didn’t make it over Tyler Zeller, but the Duke-North Carolina strikes again.
Here is the full pool of players:
- Harrison Barnes, Golden State
Bradley Beal, Washington Anthony Davis, New Orleans Andre Drummond, Detroit
- Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Charlotte
Damian Lillard, Portland
- Alexey Shved, Minnesota
- Dion Waiters, Cleveland
- Tyler Zeller, Cleveland
- Kenneth Faried, Denver
- Kyrie Irving, Cleveland
Brandon Knight, Detroit Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio
- Chandler Parsons, Houston
- Klay Thompson, Golden State
- Tristan Thompson, Cleveland
- Nikola Vucevic, Orlando
- Kemba Walker, Charlotte
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