NBA All-Star Weekend is always one of the most exciting events of the year for basketball fans. But in the past, the Rising Stars Game has been one of the duller spectacles. Now, the NBA has a plan in place to fix the Rising Stars Game and fans seem to be loving it.
The Rising Stars Game’s New Format
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the NBA will make the Rising Stars Game a mini-tournament of sorts. There will be four teams with seven players on each for a total of 28 players involved. 12 will be rookies, 12 will be sophomores, and four will be G League Ignite players. Each game will be played to a specific score against a timer.
This format will make the experience level even compared to the past format of sophomores vs. rookies. Additionally, it won’t be contingent on players’ nationalities for the USA vs. World format.
One of the cooler parts of this update will be seeing the best G League talent getting some national exposure. The NBA has ramped up its efforts to feature the G League on a larger scale, and All-Star Weekend is the perfect occasion for it.
Ignite is the NBA’s path for giving players fresh out of high school an option other than college or playing overseas. Players from Ignite have started to trickle into the NBA, such as Jalen Green of the Houston Rockets.
What This Means For Bulls
In this new format, Chicago Bulls fans will have plenty to look forward to. Ayo Dosunmu’s play has seemingly improved night after night. His performance on Monday against the Thunder was his best to date, as he finished with 24 points, five rebounds, and eight assists.
Dosunmu’s Rookie of the Year odds are currently at +5000, making him the eighth most likely player to win the honor, according to Vegas Insider. That ranking is well above the 12th best rookie spot, which would warrant a likely invitation for the Rising Stars Game.
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