Rising Stars Challenge Mock Draft

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
 No.  Player  Team  Pos.  No.  Player  Team  Pos.
   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

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