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Team USA vs. Team World

Team USA vs. Team World

NBA: Saturday – February 16th, 2020 ( Spectrum Center, Charlotte, NC)

The Rising Stars Challenge will be held on Friday, February 15th at Spectrum Center (Feb. 16 IST), kicking off the NBA All-Star events in Charlotte.

Rookie sensation Luka Doncic joins Simmons and the 2018 No. 1 pick Deandre Ayton on the Team World roster.

Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell headlines Team USA for the second year in a row, alongside fellow sophomores Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma and Jayson Tatum, with three rookies making the cut in No. 1 pick Deandre Ayton, Jaren Jackson Jr., Marvin Bagley III, and Trae Young

Free NBA Expert Pick: Team USA

Miles Bridges, Charlotte Hornets

Wendell Carter Jr., Chicago Bulls

Devonte’ Graham, Charlotte Hornets

Tyler Herro, Miami Heat (injured, will not play)

Jaren Jackson Jr., Memphis Grizzlies

Ja Morant, Memphis Grizzlies

Kendrick Nunn, Miami Heat

Eric Paschall, Golden State Warriors

Collin Sexton, Cleveland Cavaliers (injury replacement)

PJ Washington, Charlote Hornets

Zion Williamson, New Orleans Pelicans

Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks

Free NBA Expert Pick:Team World

Nickeil Alexander-Walker, New Orleans Pelicans

Deandre Ayton, Phoenix Suns

RJ Barrett, New York Knicks

Brandon Clarke, Memphis Grizzlies

Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Oklahoma City Thunder

Rui Hachimura, Washington Wizards

Svi Mykhailiuk, Detroit Pistons

Josh Okogie, Minnesota Timberwolves

Moritz Wagner, Washington Wizards


Last year, Team World defeated Team USA 155 to 124. Ben Simmons scored 11 points for Team World and Jaylen Brown scored 35 points for Team USA. Since 2015, Team World lead the series against Team USA 3 to 2. Team USA will try to even the score.

If a person were to draft from the combined player pools, Team World might have the top pick with Doncic, but Team USA could go on a long run from there. Morant, Young and Williamson could all fight for No. 2, and Jackson probably rounds out the first five when the dust settles.

Between Young, Graham and Nunn, Team USA boasts a lot three shot-creators with dangerous long-distance strokes. Morant is special because of his court vision to find his teammates similar to John Wall with the basketball, and both he and Young will connect on some memorable lobs with Williamson, Jackson and Bridges.

Luka Doncic will be limited and Gilgeous-Alexander should keep Team World’s offense under control, but I believe Team World does not have as many self-sufficient scorers. Ayton’s post game could be tricky to use in this setting.

Unless the game is close enough late enough for Doncic and Gilgeous-Alexander to work their half-court mastery, this should be an opportunity for Team USA to run and gun its way to victory. Team USA will win by 15 points. Team USA will win 154-139.