OKC Thunder: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander selected to Rising Stars World Team

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The NBA announced participants for the All-Star Rising Stars Game with OKC Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander getting the nod for the World Team.

As expected Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was selected to participate in the Rising Stars Game at All-Star Weekend in Chicago. The sophomore was the only OKC Thunder player tapped for inclusion.

There was hope Luguentz Dort or Darius Bazley would get the nod and the thinking perhaps Dort would be selected as a representative for the World Team given his Canadian nationality. However, it was not to be as the majority of rookies and sophomores are comprised of players from lottery teams.

USA Team:

There are a ton of players who could’ve made the cut who didn’t make the list (see below). And there still may be replacements as Carter Jr. hasn’t played for 13 games and is listed as out until the end of February. Since the Bulls are hosting his inclusion is understandable and perhaps they’ll replace him with teammate Coby White.

Neither of the Cavaliers young backcourts made the grade and although Herro and Nunn made the squad their teammate Duncan Robinson who is shooting lights out from the perimeter wasn’t selected.

Other snubs of note:

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World Team:

A little surprising the selection committee put in Hachimura and not Pistons, Sekou Doumbouya, the rookie small forward from Guinea given his recent performances.

With Luka Doncic dealing with an ankle injury and also playing on Sunday there may still be a shot for Lu Dort although there is already a record number of Canadians on the team with Shai, his cousin Nickeil, Clarke and Barrett.

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Congratulations to Shai Gilgeous-Alexander for his selection to the squad.