On Friday, Jan. 31, the NBA announced the official rosters for the Rising Stars event on All-Star Weekend. To be frank, there was zero mystery as to whether Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young would be invited to participate but, as expected, the All-Star starter was on the official, 10-player list for Team USA.
Young and John Collins helped to lead Team USA to a victory over Team World in the 2019 edition and the lead guard’s presence should help to make the game more entertaining. In addition to his (very) obvious case for inclusion on the merits, there is also wild intrigue with Young playing on the same team with budding stars like Ja Morant and Zion Williamson.
Unfortunately for the Hawks, though, Young will be alone in representing the franchise in this particular event.
Kevin Huerter, Cam Reddish, De’Andre Hunter and Bruno Fernando were eligible to appear as rookies or sophomores, but the logistics of the roster seemingly pushed them off the list. Huerter, Reddish and Hunter were battling against a talented pool of players for Team USA and, while Fernando may have had a clearer path (in theory) to Team World, he didn’t make the cut.
There is still some uncertainty as to whether Young will officially be participating on All-Star Saturday as part of the Three-Point Contest, Skills Challenge, or both. As of this announcement, though, Young will be book-ending the weekend with highlight-reel passes and deep three-point attempts as part of the Rising Stars and All-Star Game.