Turner chosen for Rising Stars Challenge

Evan Turner has been selected to play in the Rising Stars Challenge at NBA All-Star weekend, the NBA announced.

In the revised format, 18 rookies and sophomores were selected by the league's assistant coaches, and the two teams will be drafted by general managers Charles Barkley and Shaquille O'Neal in a televised event next Thursday. Previously, the rookies played against the sophomores.

The Clippers' Blake Griffin headlines the sophomore class, joined by Turner, DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings), Landry Fields (New York Knicks), Paul George (Indiana Pacers), Gordon Hayward (Utah Jazz), Greg Monroe (Detroit Pistons), Tiago Splitter (San Antonio Spurs) and John Wall (Washington Wizards).

No. 1 overall pick Kyrie Irving, from Cleveland, and Minnesota's Ricky Rubio are joined by fellow first-year players MarShon Brooks (New Jersey Nets), Brandon Knight (Detroit Pistons), Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs), Markieff Morris (Phoenix Suns), Tristan Thompson (Cleveland Cavaliers), Kemba Walker (Charlotte Bobcats), and Derrick Williams (Minnesota Timberwolves).

Turner was not selected to play in the game last year as a rookie.

Sixers' first-round pick Nic Vukevic was not selected.

The game is scheduled for Feb. 24 in Orlando (9 p.m., TNT).


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