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Giannis Antetokounmpo selected to BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge


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The NBA announced the field for the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge (formerly the Rookie-Sophomore game) today. The list included Steven Adams, Pero Antic, Harrison Barnes, Bradley Beal, Trey Burke, Michael Carter-Williams, Anthony Davis, Andre Drummond, Tim Hardaway Jr., Terrence Jones, Damian Lillard, Kelly Olynyk, Victor Oladipo, Mason Plumlee, Jared Sullinger, Jonas Valanciunas, and Dion Waiters.

Oh, did I forget to mention that GIANNIS was also selected? Just kidding, I would NEVER forget. HOOOOOORAY!

The teams will be split into two teams on February 6th and will square off against each other on Valentine's Day. Speaking of love..

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On the flipside of this announcement was the lack of an announcement that John Henson was selected to this game. It's not hard to argue that Henson deserves a spot over a few of the players listed above--Harrison Barnes, seriously?--but hey, the Bucks at least got one.

To sum this all up concisely, cancel your Valentine's Day plans and watch Giannis on the 14th. Don't be foolish.

UPDATE: Check out for a predictably adorable reaction from Giannis at the news.