By Nick Hamilton (@NickHamiltonLA)
(photo credit: Clutch Points)
It was announced on Friday, that Lakers’ Brandon Ingram, rookies Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball were selected to participate in the Mountain Dew Rising Stars Challenge game.
Ingram is averaging 15.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists, shooting 45.1 % from the field and 34.3% from three-point range in 43 games he started this season. Kuzma is leading the Lakers in scoring with 16.7 points, shooting 46.3% from the field, FG%, shooting 36.8% from the three-point range. He’s also pulling down along 6 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 46 games where he started in 21 games.
Ball averages 10.2 points, 7.1 rebounds and 7.1 assists in 36 starts this season. On November 11, he became the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double, at 20 years and 15 days old.
It is the third consecutive season the Lakers have had at least two representatives in the game, and the first time the team’s had three participants since 1997 (Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher, Travis Knight).
The U.S. team includes the Lakers’ trio, Malcolm Brogdon, Jayson Tatum, John Collins, Kris Dunn, Donovan Mitchell, Dennis Smith Jr. and Jaylen Brown.
The World team includes Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Dario Saric, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Buddy Hield, Dillon Brooks, Lauri Markkanen, Jamal Murray, Frank Ntilikina and Domantas Sabonis. The game will be played on Friday February 16 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.