Zion and Alexander-Walker selected for NBA Rising Stars Game

Zion is a rookie for the New Orleans Pelicans. Source: WVUE

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) – The NBA announced today that Pelican's rookies Zion Williamson and Nickeil Alexander-Walker have been selected to participate in the 2020 Rising Stars Game at NBA All-Star Weekend in Chicago. Alexander-Walker (Canada) will be a member of Team World and Williamson will suit up for Team USA.

The 26th Rising Stars will pit 10 first- and second-year NBA players from the United States against 10 first- and second-year NBA players from around the world in the league’s annual showcase of premier young talent during NBA All-Star. Rising Stars will air live on Friday, Feb. 14 at 8 p.m. CT on TNT and ESPN Radio in the United States.

Williamson, 6-7, 285, who was the first overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, is averaging 18.0 points on .633 shooting from the floor, 8.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists. The Duke University product made his NBA debut Jan. 22 vs. San Antonio, becoming the first player in NBA history to score at least 22 points while playing under 20 minutes in their first career NBA game. Williamson has been selected by the NBA to join the U.S. Team as the replacement for the injured Carter, who has not played for the Bulls since sustaining a sprained right ankle on Jan. 6. Carter is not expected to return to game action until after the All-Star break.

Alexander-Walker, 6-5, 205, who was selected 17th overall by Brooklyn in the 2019 NBA Draft before being acquired by the Pelicans in July, is averaging 5.6 points while shooting .345 from three-point range, 2.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists (10th among rookies). Alexander-Walker’s 40 triples on the season are ranked 14th among all rookies.

Williamson, 6-7, 285, who was the first overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, is averaging 18.0 points on .633 shooting from the floor, 8.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists. The Duke University product made his NBA debut Jan. 22 vs. San Antonio, becoming the first player in NBA history to score at least 22 points while playing under 20 minutes in their first career NBA game. Williamson has been selected by the NBA to join the U.S. Team as the replacement for the injured Carter, who has not played for the Bulls since sustaining a sprained right ankle on Jan. 6. Carter is not expected to return to game action until after the All-Star break.

Alexander-Walker and Williamson become the fourth and fifth players, respectively, in New Orleans franchise history to participate in the Rookie Challenge/Rising Stars Game, joining Chris Paul, Anthony Davis, and Buddy Hield. It marks the first time in team history teammates have participated in the event together.

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