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All-Star 2019

NBA All-Star 2019: OG Anunoby, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander headline World Team roster for Rising Stars Challenge

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Rising Stars (NBA Getty Images)

After missing out on the event last season, Toronto Raptors forward OG Anunoby will represent the World Team in the Mtn Dew Kickstart Rising Stars Challenge during next month's All-Star festivities.

The Rising Stars Challenge will be held on Friday, Feb. 16 at the Spectrum Center, kicking off the NBA All-Star events in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Rookie sensation Luka Doncic joins Anunoby on the world roster alongside Deandre Ayton, Ben Simmons and Toronto native Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell headlines Team USA for the second year in a row, alongside fellow sophomores Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma and Jayson Tatum, with three rookies making the cut in Jaren Jackson Jr., Marvin Bagley II and Trae Young.

Kyrie irving (USA) and Dirk Nowitzki (World) will also serve as honorary coaches for the game.

World Team

Player Team Country
Ben Simmons 76ers Australia
OG Anunoby Raptors Great Britain
Deandre Ayton Suns Bahamas
Bogdan Bogdanovic Kings Serbia
Luka Doncic Mavericks Slovenia
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Clippers Canada
Rodions Kurucs Nets Latvia
Lauri Markkanen Bulls Finland
Josh Okogie Timberwolves Nigeria
Cedi Osman Cavaliers Turkey

Team USA

Player Team Country
*Lonzo Ball Lakers United States
Donovan Mitchell Jazz United States
Jarrett Allen Nets United States
John Collins Hawks United States
De'Aaron Fox Kings United States
Jaren Jackson Jr. Grizzlies United States
Kyle Kuzma Lakers United States
Jayson Tatum Celtics United States
Trae Young Hawks United States
Marvin Bagley III Kings United States
*Kevin Knox Kincks United States

*Kevin Knox added to team USA roster to replace injured Lonzo Ball.

The NBA also unveiled the uniforms for the game, which pay homage to Charlotte's basketball history.

The Rising Stars Challenge showcases the growth of international basketball with another talented team set to take on the USA, in the fifth instalment of the USA vs the World format.

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