The Rising Stars Challenge is a basketball exhibition game held by the National Basketball Association (NBA) on the Friday before the annual All-Star Game as part of the All-Star Weekend. The current format to be used in 2022 includes first- and second-year NBA players and NBA G League Ignite players selected by the NBA's assistant coaches. Four people, designated as "honorary coaches", draft players for their respective teams.[1]


Carmelo Anthony receiving an alley-oop during the 2004 Rookie Challenge game.
Carmelo Anthony receiving an alley-oop during the 2004 Rookie Challenge game.

The Rookie Challenge, established in 1994, was originally competed by two randomly selected teams composed entirely of first-year players. This format was continued until 1996, when it was changed to pit rookie teams of both the Eastern and the Western Conference against each other. In 1999, the game was cancelled as a result of the NBA lockout. Since the 1998 rookie class did not compete that year, the game was revamped and featured a team of standout first-year players ('rookies') against a team of standout second-year players ('sophomores').

The format of the game and name was changed to the Rising Stars Challenge in 2012. For 2012 and 2013, the format was changed to having two teams drafted by Basketball Hall of Famers Charles Barkley (Team Chuck) and Shaquille O'Neal (Team Shaq).[2] In 2014, the two teams were drafted by Chris Webber (Team Webber) and Grant Hill (Team Hill). The game format changed in 2015 to Team USA vs Team World, where each team should choose at least three Rookies and three Sophomores, and the squad of each team should have four back courts, four front courts and two swingmen.

Unlike regular NBA games, the game was divided into two twenty-minute halves plus multiple five-minute overtime periods, similar to men's college basketball. The participating players were chosen by voting among the league's assistant coaches. In the game, players wear their respective regular team uniforms, except for 2009, in which players wore fan-designed jerseys. The head coaches of the two teams are the lead assistant coaches of the NBA All-Star Game coach. Starting in 2009, two active NBA players were added to the game coaching staffs.

The format was then changed again in 2022. 28 players are selected: 12 rookies, 12 sophomores, and 4 NBA G League Ignite players. They will be drafted into four teams of seven, which are led and coached by members of the NBA 75th Anniversary Team via a draft, in commemoration of the NBA's 75th anniversary season. The coaches include: Rick Barry, Gary Payton, Isiah Thomas and James Worthy. The format itself is now a tournament, with a scoring goal for each round: 50 points for the semifinals, and 25 points for the finals, for a total of 75 points total for the team that wins the tournament, again, in commemoration of NBA 75.[1]

The game is currently sponsored by Clorox. Before 2012, the event was known as the Rookie Challenge, officially named the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam.

Past games and rosters

2022 roster

Further information: 2022 NBA All-Star Game

^INJ1 Chris Duarte was unable to participate due to a toe injury.[4]
^REP1 Jonathan Kuminga was selected as Chris Duarte's replacement.[4]
^INJ2 Davion Mitchell was unable to participate due to a hand injury.[5]
^REP2 Bones Hyland was selected as Davion Mitchell's replacement.[5]

Team Isiah50
Team Worthy49
Team Isiah20
Team Barry25
Team Barry50
Team Payton48

2021 roster

Further information: 2021 NBA All-Star Game

Due to the downsizing of the All-Star Game due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NBA All-Star Weekend was not held, and the Rising Stars Challenge was not played. The NBA still named the Rising Stars rosters of first- and second-year players.[6]

2020 game

Further information: 2020 NBA All-Star Game

^INJ1 Wendell Carter Jr. was unable to participate due to a right ankle injury.[8]
^REP1 Zion Williamson was selected as Wendell Carter Jr.'s replacement.[8]
^INJ2 Tyler Herro was unable to participate due to a sore right ankle.[9]
^REP2 Collin Sexton was selected as Tyler Herro's replacement.[9]
^INJ3 Deandre Ayton was unable to participate due to a sore left ankle.[10]
^REP3 Nicolò Melli was selected as Deandre Ayton's replacement.[10]

February 14
9:00 pm ET
Team World 131, Team USA 151
Scoring by half: 81–71, 50–80
Pts: RJ Barrett 27
Rebs: Brandon Clarke 8
Asts: three player 5
Pts: Eric Paschall 23
Rebs: Jaren Jackson Jr. 7
Asts: Trae Young 7
United Center, Chicago, Illinois
  • #54 Ray Acosta
  • #64 Justin Van Duyne
  • #62 JB DeRosa

2019 game

Further information: 2019 NBA All-Star Game

^INJ Lonzo Ball was unable to participate due to a left ankle injury.[12]
^REP Kevin Knox was selected as Lonzo Ball's replacement.[13]

February 15
9:00 pm ET
Team World 144, Team USA 161
Scoring by half: 71–83, 73–78
Pts: Ben Simmons 28
Rebs: Deandre Ayton 8
Asts: Luka Doncic 9
Pts: Kyle Kuzma 35
Rebs: Jayson Tatum 9
Asts: De'Aaron Fox 16
Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • #27 Mitchell Ervin
  • #50 Gediminas Petraitis
  • #51 Aaron Smith

2018 game

Further information: 2018 NBA All-Star Game

^INJ1 Malcolm Brogdon was unable to participate due to a leg injury.[15]
^REP1 Taurean Prince was selected as Malcolm Brogdon's replacement.[16]
^INJ2 Lonzo Ball was unable to participate due to a knee injury.[17]
^REP2 De'Aaron Fox was selected as Lonzo Ball's replacement.[18]

February 16
9:00 pm ET
Team World 155, Team USA 124
Scoring by half: 78–59, 77–65
Pts: Buddy Hield 29
Rebs: Domantas Sabonis 11
Asts: Ben Simmons 13
Pts: Jaylen Brown 35
Rebs: Jaylen Brown 10
Asts: Donovan Mitchell 7
Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Attendance: 19,060

2017 game

Further information: 2017 NBA All-Star Game

^INJ1 Embiid was unable to participate due to a knee injury.[20]
^REP1 Abrines was named as Embiid's replacement.[20]
^INJ2 Mudiay was unable to participate due to a back injury.[21]
^REP2 Hernangómez was named as Mudiay's replacement.[21]

February 17
9:00 pm ET
Team World 150, Team USA 141
Scoring by half: 77–66, 73–75
Pts: Jamal Murray (36)
Rebs: Nikola Jokić (11)
Asts: Jamal Murray (11)
Pts: Frank Kaminsky (33)
Rebs: Karl-Anthony Towns (11)
Asts: Devin Booker (6)

2016 game

Further information: 2016 NBA All-Star Game

To celebrate the first time the NBA holds the All-Star game outside of the US, the game makes the World Team the home team instead of Team USA.

^INJ1 Nerlens Noel was unable to participate due to injury.[23]
^REP1 Devin Booker was named as Noel's replacement.[23]
^INJ2 Nikola Mirotić was unable to participate due to injury.[24]
^REP2 Trey Lyles was named as Mirotić's replacement.[24]

February 12
9:00 pm ET
Team USA 157, Team World 154
Scoring by half: 88–79, 69–75
Pts: Zach LaVine 30
Rebs: LaVine, Towns 7
Asts: D'Angelo Russell 7
Pts: Porziņģis, Mudiay 30
Rebs: Dwight Powell 11
Asts: Emmanuel Mudiay 10
Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario
Attendance: 18,298
  • #72 J. T. Orr
  • #52 Scott Twardoski
  • #46 Ben Taylor

Team USA won 157–154 in the highest scoring game in Rising Stars Challenge history.[25] Zach LaVine was named MVP, leading all of the USA team with 30 points while also recording 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Jordan Clarkson, D'Angelo Russell, and Devin Booker all scored over 20 points, with Russell also recording 7 assists. Kristaps Porziņģis and Emmanuel Mudiay led the way for Team World with 30 points each, with Andrew Wiggins also scoring 29 points.

2015 game

Further information: 2015 NBA All-Star Game

^INJ1 Adams was unable to participate due to injury.[27]
^REP1 Nurkić was named as Adams' replacement.[27]
^INJ2 Carter-Williams was unable to participate due to injuries.
^REP2 Covington was named as Carter-Williams' replacement.
^INJ3 Olynyk was unable to participate due to injury.[27]
^REP3 Dellavedova was named as Olynyk's replacement.[27]
^OUT Nurkić decided to not participate for personal reasons.
^REP4 Papanikolaou was named as Nurkić's replacement.

February 13
9:00 p.m. ET
Team World 121, Team USA 112
Scoring by half: 69–67, 52–45
Pts: Andrew Wiggins 22
Rebs: Rudy Gobert 12
Asts: Dennis Schröder 9
Pts: Oladipo, LaVine 22
Rebs: Mason Plumlee 9
Asts: Oladipo, Burke 4
Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
Attendance: 15,451
  • #73 Tre Maddox
  • #77 Karl Lane
  • #79 Kevin Scott

The World team won against the U.S. 121–112 at the Rising Stars Challenge at All-Star weekend. Canada's Andrew Wiggins scored 22 points, and Rudy Gobert added 18 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks. Brooklyn's Bojan Bogdanovic of Croatia, and Chicago's Nikola Mirotić of Montenegro added 16 points each for the World team. Victor Oladipo of the Orlando Magic and Zach LaVine of the Minnesota Timberwolves led the U.S. team with 22 points each. Andrew Wiggins, the 2014 NBA draft 1st overall pick, won the game's MVP award.[28]

2014 game

Further information: 2014 NBA All-Star Game

^INJ Pero Antić was unable to participate due to injury.
^REP Miles Plumlee was named Pero Antić's replacement.

February 14
9:00 p.m. ET
Team Webber 136, Team Hill 142
Scoring by half: 66–67, 70–75
Pts: Tim Hardaway Jr. 36
Rebs: Anthony Davis 8
Asts: Michael Carter-Williams 9
Pts: Dion Waiters 31
Rebs: Andre Drummond 25
Asts: Dion Waiters 7
New Orleans Arena, New Orleans
Attendance: 14,727
  • #70 Brent Barnaky
  • #54 Nick Buchert
  • #34 Kevin Cutler

2013 game

Further information: 2013 NBA All-Star Game

^INJ Andre Drummond was unable to participate due to injury.
^REP Andrew Nicholson was named Andre Drummond's replacement.

February 15
9:00 p.m. ET
Team Shaq 135, Team Chuck 163
Scoring by half: 66–90, 69–73
Pts: Kyrie Irving 32
Rebs: Kyrie Irving 6
Asts: Kemba Walker 8
Pts: Kenneth Faried 40
Rebs: Faried, Thompson 10
Asts: Rubio, Thomas 10
Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
Attendance: 16,101

2012 game

Further information: 2012 NBA All-Star Game

Shortly before the draft for the rosters, Norris Cole and Jeremy Lin were added to the original player pool.[29] A few days before the game, Tiago Splitter was injured and was replaced by Derrick Favors.[29][30] Lin played only nine minutes in the game, at his request, due to exhaustion from his rise to stardom that month.[31]

^INJ Tiago Splitter was unable to participate due to injury.[32]
^DNP Kawhi Leonard did not play due to a strained right calf.[33]
^REP Derrick Favors was named Tiago Splitter's replacement.[32]

February 24
9:00 p.m. ET
Team Shaq 133, Team Chuck 146
Scoring by half: 65–77, 68–69
Pts: Tristan Thompson 20
Rebs: Greg Monroe 10
Asts: Kemba Walker 10
Pts: Kyrie Irving 34
Rebs: DeMarcus Cousins, Evan Turner 11
Asts: Kyrie Irving 9
Amway Center, Orlando, Florida
Attendance: 17,125
  • #75 Eric Dalen
  • #68 Marat Kogut
  • #35 Kane Fitzgerald

2011 game

Further information: 2011 NBA All-Star Game

^INJ Tyreke Evans was unable to participate due to injury.[34]
^REP James Harden was named Tyreke Evans' replacement.[34]

February 18
9:00 p.m. ET
Rookies 148, Sophomores 140
Scoring by half: 71–69, 77–71
Pts: DeMarcus Cousins 33
Rebs: DeMarcus Cousins 14
Asts: John Wall 22
Pts: James Harden 30
Rebs: DeJuan Blair 15
Asts: Stephen Curry 8
Staples Center, Los Angeles
Attendance: 17,163

2010 game

Further information: 2010 NBA All-Star Game

^DNP Derrick Rose was excused from the Rookie Challenge in consideration of being named to the All-Star Game and his participation in the Skills Challenge.[35]
^REP Anthony Morrow was named as a replacement for Derrick Rose.[35]

February 12
9:00 p.m. ET
Rookies 140, Sophomores 128
Scoring by half: 67–55, 73–73
Pts: Tyreke Evans 26
Rebs: DeJuan Blair 23
Asts: Brandon Jennings 8
Pts: Russell Westbrook 40
Rebs: Beasley, Lopez 7 each
Asts: O. J. Mayo 10
American Airlines Center, Dallas
Attendance: 19,200
  • #67 John Goble
  • #65 Sean Wright
  • #60 David Guthrie

2009 game

Further information: 2009 NBA All-Star Game

^INJ Greg Oden was unable to participate due to injury.[36]

February 13
9:00 p.m.
Rookies 116, Sophomores 122
Scoring by half: 61–58, 55–64
Pts: Michael Beasley 29
Rebs: Marc Gasol 8
Asts: Derrick Rose 7
Pts: Kevin Durant 46
Rebs: Durant, Chandler 7 each
Asts: Rodney Stuckey 9
US Airways Center, Phoenix, Arizona
Attendance: 16,362
  • #56 Mark Ayotte
  • #64 Eli Roe
  • #42 Eric Lewis

2008 game

Further information: 2008 NBA All-Star Game

February 15
Rookies 109, Sophomores 136
Scoring by half: 52-66, 57-70

2007 game

Further information: 2007 NBA All-Star Game

The 2007 Rookie Challenge took place on Friday, February 16 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.

Final Score: East:150 West: 167

2006 game

The 2006 Rookie Challenge took place February 17 at the Toyota Center in Houston.

*Did not play due to injury Final score: Sophomores 105, Rookies 96

2005 game

The 2005 Rookie Challenge took place February 18 at the Pepsi Center in Denver.

*Did not play due to injury

2004 game

The 2004 Rookie Challenge took place February 13 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Said to be the most exciting Rookie Challenge in history due to all the highlight-reel dunks. Much of the hype centered on rookie phenoms LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, who had 33 and 17 points respectively. Amar'e Stoudemire set a Rookie Challenge record with 36 points (it has since been broken).

2003 game

The 2003 Rookie Challenge took place February 8 at the Philips Arena in Atlanta.
This was the last time the game was played on a Saturday.

2002 game

The 2002 Rookie Challenge took place February 9 at the First Union Center in Philadelphia.

2001 game

The 2001 Rookie Challenge took place February 10 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C..

2000 game

The 2000 Rookie Challenge took place February 11 at the Oakland Arena in Oakland.

*Did not play due to injury

1998 game

The 1998 Rookie Challenge took place February 8 at the Madison Square Garden in New York.

1997 game

The 1997 Rookie Challenge took place February 8 at the Gund Arena in Cleveland.

**Did not play due to injury

1996 game

The 1996 Rookie Challenge took place February 10 at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

1995 game

The 1995 Rookie Challenge took place February 11 at the America West Arena in Phoenix.

1994 game

The 1994 Rookie Challenge took place February 12 at the Target Center in Minneapolis. Penny Hardaway was the MVP of the game.

Game records

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3 Pointers

Shooting Percentage


Denotes player who is still active in the NBA
Elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
(L) Player to win the award while on the losing team.
Year MVP Winner Team Played
2022 United States Cade Cunningham Detroit Pistons
2021 Game was not held due to COVID-19 pandemic
2020 United States Miles Bridges Charlotte Hornets
2019 United States Kyle Kuzma Los Angeles Lakers
2018 Serbia Bogdan Bogdanović Sacramento Kings
2017 Canada Jamal Murray Denver Nuggets
2016 United States Zach LaVine Minnesota Timberwolves
2015 Canada Andrew Wiggins Minnesota Timberwolves
2014 United States Andre Drummond Detroit Pistons
2013 United States Kenneth Faried Denver Nuggets
2012 United States Kyrie Irving Cleveland Cavaliers
2011 United States John Wall Washington Wizards
2010 United States Tyreke Evans Sacramento Kings
United States DeJuan Blair San Antonio Spurs
2009 United States Kevin Durant Oklahoma City Thunder
2008 United States Daniel Gibson Cleveland Cavaliers
2007 United States David Lee New York Knicks
2006 United States Andre Iguodala Philadelphia 76ers
2005 United States Carmelo Anthony Denver Nuggets
2004 United States Amar'e Stoudemire Phoenix Suns
2003 United States Gilbert Arenas Golden State Warriors
2002 United States Jason Richardson Golden State Warriors
2001 United States Wally Szczerbiak Minnesota Timberwolves
2000 United States Elton Brand Chicago Bulls
1998 Lithuania Žydrūnas Ilgauskas Cleveland Cavaliers
1997 United States Allen Iverson Philadelphia 76ers
1996 United States Damon Stoudamire Toronto Raptors
1995 United States Eddie Jones (L) Los Angeles Lakers
1994 United States Penny Hardaway (L) Orlando Magic

Participant players by team

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Number Team
23 Cleveland Cavaliers
20 Los Angeles Clippers
18 Vancouver Grizzlies / Memphis Grizzlies
17 Chicago Bulls
17 Golden State Warriors
16 Philadelphia 76ers
15 New Jersey Nets / Brooklyn Nets
15 Minnesota Timberwolves
14 Boston Celtics
14 Denver Nuggets
14 Houston Rockets
14 Seattle SuperSonics / Oklahoma City Thunder
13 Toronto Raptors
13 Utah Jazz
12 Detroit Pistons
12 Phoenix Suns
12 Sacramento Kings
11 Charlotte Bobcats / Charlotte Hornets
11 New York Knicks
11 Portland Trail Blazers
11 San Antonio Spurs
11 Washington Bullets / Washington Wizards
10 Los Angeles Lakers
10 Miami Heat
10 Milwaukee Bucks
10 Orlando Magic
9 Dallas Mavericks
9 Indiana Pacers
6 Atlanta Hawks
5 New Orleans Hornets / New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets / New Orleans Pelicans


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