Rising Stars uniforms inspired by Clippers/Lakers throwbacks.
For the fourth consecutive year, the NBA's annual showcase of premier young talent during All-Star Weekend will pit 10 first and second-year NBA players from the U.S. against 10 first and second-year NBA players from around the world.
Today, the NBA revealed the uniforms that those players will be wearing when they take the court to kick off All-Star Weekend.
The Team World uniform pays tribute to Clippers’ 1970s-era Buffalo Braves uniforms, while the USA jerseys were designed as nod to the Minneapolis Lakers uniforms of the 1940s/50s.
Representing Team World in the Rising Stars game are three players from the Sixers, including All-Star starter Joel Embiid, as well as Ben Simmons and Dario Saric. Additionally, Team World includes Bogdan Bogdanovic of the Kings, Dillon Brooks of the Grizzlies, Buddy Heild of the Kings Lauri Markkanen of the Bulls, Jamal Murray of the Nuggets, Frank Nitlikina of the Knicks and Domantas Sabonis of the Pacers.
Team USA features three Lakers, Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram, as well as Malcolm Brogdon of the Bucks, Jaylen Brown of the Celtics, John Collins of the Hawks, Kris Dunn of the Bulls, Donovan Mitchell of the Jazz, Dennis Smith Jr. of the Mavericks and Jayson Tatum of the Celtics.
The game will take place on Friday, February 16th at 9pm ET at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Like all of the NBA's All-Star festivities, including the Dunk Contest and All-Star game, the Rising Stars game will air on TNT.