Charles Barkley and Shaquille O'Neal will draft their respective Rising Star Challenge teams from a pool of 18 first- and second-year players Thursday night at 7 p.m. on TNT.
But before the Chuck and Shaq have at it, we asked BoopStats' NBA experts Mark Perner (Daily News) and Greg Frank (Cherry Hill East) to conduct a little draft of their own. We awarded Greg the first pick since he had the disadvantage of having to draft via cell phone while trying to watch the Sixers-Pacers game at the Wells Fargo Center.
Below is how their draft went. See how they compare to how you might have drafted and what Barkley and O'Neal will do Thursday:
|TEAM FRANK||TEAM PERNER|
|1.||Kyrie Irving||Cavaliers||G||2.||Damian Lillard||Blazers||G|
|3.||Anthony Davis||Hornets||F||4.||Kenneth Faried||Nuggets||F|
|5.||Kawhi Leonard||Spurs||F||6.||Kemba Walker||Bobcats||G|
|7.||Harrison Barnes||Warriors||F||8.||Nikola Vucevic||Magic||C|
|9.||Tyler Zeller||Cavaliers||F-C||10.||Klay Thompson||Warriors||G|
|11.||Dion Waiters||Cavaliers||G||12.||Tristan Thompson||Cavaliers||F|
|13.||Brandon Knight||Pistons||G||14.||Chandler Parsons||Rockets||F|
|15.||Andre Drummond||Pistons||C||16.||Bradley Beal||Wizards||G|
|17.||Alexey Shved||T'wolves||G||18.||Michael Kidd-Gilchrist||Bobcats||G-F|