2022 NBA Rising Stars Challenge Prediction

Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman

2022 NBA Rising Stars Challenge Prediction

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2022 NBA Rising Stars Challenge Prediction

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Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman

The 2022 NBA Rising Stars Challenge will take place on Friday in Cleveland to begin the NBA All-Star weekend. This year’s game will have a twist on it with four different teams of rookies, sophomores, and NBA G League players playing in two tournament-style games.

The game will feature a total of 28 players across the four teams. There will be 12 rookies, 12 sophomores, and four players NBA G League players. The four teams will be coached by former NBA players Rick Barry, Gary Payton, Isiah Thomas, and James Worthy. The first semifinal game will feature Team Isiah vs. Team Worthy, while the second semifinal game will be between Team Barry and Team Payton.

Since it is the league’s 75th anniversary, the first set of games will declare the first team to reach 50 points as the winner. For the final game, the first team to reach 25 points will be the winner of the challenge. The winner of the tournament will finish with a total of 75 points through two games. The Rising Stars roster features the following players on each team:

Team Barry

Cade Cunningham (Detroit Pistons)

Dyson Daniels (G League Ignite)

Evan Mobley (Cleveland Cavaliers)

Isaac Okoro (Cleveland Cavaliers)

Alperen Sengun (Houston Rockets)

Jae’ Sean Tate (Houston Rockets)

Franz Wagner (Orlando Magic)

Team Isiah

Precious Achiuwa (Toronto Raptors)

Desmond Bane (Memphis Grizzlies)

Saddiq Bey (Detroit Pistons)

Anthony Edwards (Minnesota Timberwolves)

Tyrese Haliburton (Indiana Pacers)

Jaden Hardy (G League Ignite)

Isaiah Stewart (Detroit Pistons)

Team Payton

LaMelo Ball (Charlotte Hornets)

Scottie Barnes (Toronto Raptors)

Ayo Dosunmu (Chicago Bulls)

*Jonathan Kuminga (Golden State Warriors) (Replacing Chris Duarte)

Scoot Henderson (G League Ignite)

*Bones Hyland (Denver Nuggets) (Replacing Davion Mitchell)

Jaden McDaniels (Minnesota Timberwolves)

Team Worthy

Cole Anthony (Orlando Magic)

MarJon Beauchamp (G League Ignite)

Josh Giddey (Oklahoma City Thunder)

Jalen Green (Houston Rockets)

Herbert Jones (New Orleans Pelicans)

Tyrese Maxey (Philadelphia 76ers)

Jalen Suggs (Orlando Magic)

Game One: Team Isiah vs. Team Worthy Prediction 

Team Worthy 50, Team Isiah 47

 

Game Two: Team Barry vs. Team Payton Prediction 

Team Barry 50, Team Payton 42

 

Game Three: Team Worthy vs. Team Barry Prediction 

Team Worthy 25, Team Barry 21

Based on this prediction, Team Worthy will reach the 75-point threshold in the two games and they will win the tournament. This game will feature some of the league’s brightest stars of the future. It will be an entertaining tournament that will set the table for the rest of the weekend.

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