Jonas Valaciunas named to Rising Stars game, Terrence Ross left out

The full roster for the 2014 BBVA Rising Stars game has been announced, and included is one Toronto Raptors sophomore on the roster, while the other is not. Raptors’ Centre Jonas Valacinuas, after not being named to the team in his rookie year, will make his 1st all-star weekend appearance as part of the 18 man roster (9 rookies, 9 sophomores). While second year guard and reigning Sprite Slam Dunk Champion, Terrence Ross, fresh off his 51 point scoring game, will not be partaking in the event for a 2nd straight year.

Jonas Valancinuas is averaging 10.4 PPG (.550 TS%), 8.6 RPG, 0.9 BPG in 44 games started.

But strangely enough, if you compare Valancinuas’ per 36 statistics from last season to this one’s, you won’t find much of an improvement and a slight drop off in certain categories (blocks and fg%). Yet he wasn’t invited to the BBVA Risings Stars game last season, but he is this time.

Terrence Ross is averaging 10.2 PPG (on .548 TS%), 3.3 RPG, 1.9 3′s in 44 games on the season.

Since becoming a starter in the December, Ross is, averaging 13.0 PPG, 4 RPG, 2.6 3′s with a TS% of .556, in 25 starts.

The full roster for the BBVA Rising Stars game is as follows:

Sophomores:

Anthony Davis (NO)

Harrison Barnes (GSW)

Andre Drummond (DET)

Terrence Jones (HOU)

Damian Lillard (POR)

Jared Sullinger (BOS)

Jonas Valanciunas (TOR)

Dion Waiters (CLE)

 

Rookies:

Michael Carter-Williams (PHI)

Trey Burke (UTA)

Pero Antic (ATL)

Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL)

Steven Adams (OKC)

Tim Hardaway Jr. (NYK)

Victor Oladipo (ORL)

Kelly Olynyk (BOS)

Mason Plumlee (BKN)

The two coaches expected for the game are NBA Analysts’ Chris Webber and Grant Hill.

The draft for the Rising Stars game will take place next Thursday, February 6th at 7pm ET on TNT.

The game is scheduled to take place Friday, February 14th at 8 PM CST / 9 PM EST in New Orleans during All-Star Weekend.

 

Do you think Terrence Ross should have been on the roster? if so, which Sophomore should/would he replace?

 

Topics: Jonas Valanciunas, Toronto Raptors

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