Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards and Golden State Warriors center James Wiseman on Wednesday were among the first-year players named to the 2021 NBA Rising Stars rosters, the league announced.
The Rising Stars game, which is the annual showcase of the top young talent from the United States and around the world, will not be played this year due to the limitation of having All-Star events all on March 7.
To recognize players, the NBA still named those deserving of the honor to the team.
NBA All-Star Zion Williamson of the New Orleans Pelicans and 2019-20 NBA Rookie of the Year Ja Morant of the Memphis Grizzlies lead the list of 20 players selected by NBA assistant coaches for the 2021 NBA Rising Stars rosters. pic.twitter.com/aClKehkKtl
— Cody Taylor (@CodyTaylorNBA) March 3, 2021
The rosters were voted on by NBA assistant coaches with each selecting four frontcourt players, four guards and two additional players at any position. The teams are comprised of 10 first- and second-year players from the U.S. and 10 first- and second-year players from outside of the U.S.
The U.S. Team features a roster with players from 10 teams, headlined by reigning NBA Rookie of the Year Ja Morant and All-Star Zion Williamson. Six countries are represented on the World Team, including five players from Canada.
The All-Star 2021 festivities begin on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. EST with the Skills Challenge and 3-Point Contest tipping off the action. The Slam Dunk Contest will take place during halftime of the All-Star Game.