Hawks forward/center Pero Antic was selected to play for Team Hill in the Rising Stars Challenge draft Thursday night. The 31-year-old rookie is currently out with a stress fracture in his right ankle. The original diagnosis called for him to miss two to four weeks. The Feb. 14 game in New Orleans will be the three-week mark since the injury was discovered.
Joining Antic on Team Hill will be the Blazers’ Damian Lillard, taking with the second pick, the Cavs’ Dion Waiters, the Warriors’ Harrison Barnes, the Rockets’ Terrence Jones, the Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Raptors’ Jonas Valanciunas and the Wizards’ Bradley Beal.
They will face Team Webber, who selected the Pelicans’ Anthony Daivs with the first pick. He will be joined by the Celtics’ Kelly Olynyk and Jared Sullinger, the Nets’ Mason Plumlee, the Knicks’ Tim Hardaway Jr., the Thunder’s Steven Adams, the Magic’s Victor Oladipo, the 76ers’ Michael Carter-Williams and the Jazz’s Trey.
Fans will now vote online from both their computer and mobile device for the starters of each team. The starting lineups will be determined by the players garnering the top votes for their respective positions, with two backcourt and three frontcourt spots for each team. The announcement of the starting lineup will be made from the arena the night of the game.