Sacramento Kings Shine In Rising Stars Game

Jonathan Hernandez
February 18, 2018

Be patient, rookie. Simmons will likely get his chance someday.

Players were selected in a vote by the league's assistant coaches.

Those two guards head up a deep rookie class and might be neck-and-neck in this year's National Basketball Association rookie of the year race in which both are worthy of winning. Bogdan Bogdanovic, a 25-year-old rookie from Serbia knocked down four first-half triples, including this absurd pull-up jumper from Steph Curry range.

"I think the future is in good hands with the players that are coming through now", Simmons said.

Perhaps Simmons and Mitchell will be similarly linked years from now.

World guard Bogdan Bogdanovic from Sacramento Kings, who scored 26 points, thanking fans after being named Most Valuable Player of the Rising Stars Challenge game against the USA team at Staples Centre in Los Angeles on Friday.

The more Ben Simmons plays, the louder the comparisons to Hall of Famers Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson become. However, no one in Mitchell's supporting cast can come close to matching the talent Team World has on offer.

- The 76ers also have three teammates on the opposing World team with Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, and Dario Saric. The roster for the U.S team includes: Lonzo Ball [Lakers], Kyle Kuzma [Lakers], Brandon Ingram [Lakers], Donovan Mitchell [Jazz], Jayson Tatum [Celtics], Jaylen Brown [Celtics], Dennis Smith, Jr.

And the Australian was not the only one to do his country proud as Serbia's Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 26 points and drained seven-of-13 three-pointers while his Sacramento Kings team-mate Buddy Hield tallied a team-high 29 points at the Staples Centre arena.

The youngsters are winning games and admirers with skills well beyond their years.

Simmons said Friday that he is not thinking about the race.

"I'm still very impressed sometimes", he said.

"Can I ask the first question?"

The only guys who don't seem impressed are the players themselves. It doesn't end or make your career, it's one of those things where I wanted to be in it. "I don't know what it is, but I wanna get that".

Same with Kuzma, even though he came into the league from Utah with far less fanfare after being taken with the No. 27 pick, which belonged to Brooklyn and was traded to the Lakers. Competitors are judged on numerous facets of the game, including passing, layups, three-point shooting and ball handling. You always need time to rest.

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