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Buddy Hield BBVA Rising Stars Challenge Selection

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The Buddy Hield BBVA Rising Stars Challenge selection was announced by the NBA on January 25th 2017.  The NBA’s assistant coaches chose the rosters with each of the league’s 30 teams submitting one ballot per coaching staff.  This is an amazing accomplishment for Buddy to be recognized so quickly around the league but it should come as no surprise given that Hield was recently selected as the KIA Rookie of The Month (December) with his improving play and increased scoring in the league.  Hield averaged 10.6 points per game and shot lights out with a blistering three-point field goal percentage (.478) and topped all first-year players in three-pointers made (33) for December.  His improved play immediately changed the way teams were defending the Pelicans.  Buddy Hield becomes the third player in New Orleans Pelicans franchise history to participate in either the Rookie Challenge or Rising Stars Challenge, and the first since Anthony Davis in 2014.  Such a tremendous accomplishment for the pride of Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama where Buddy was born and raised.  You can be guaranteed that Hield will look to put on a show while playing in front of his Pelicans fans at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.  But he will also be playing in front of a nation of spectators back home in The Bahamas who will be watching the TNT network with pride.

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After being selected with the sixth overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, the highly touted University of Oklahoma standout was under immense pressure to immediately contribute to a Pelicans organization which needed help.  After 45 games (including 25 starts), Hield has averaged 8.8 points (currently ranked fourth among rookie players) while shooting .373 from three-point range, 2.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 20.1 minutes per game.

The Rising Stars Challenge started in 2009 and is sponsored by multinational spanish banking group Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA).   Prior to 2012, this game was previously known as the Rookie Challenge or the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam.  It will feature some 20 athletes split between two teams, a United States Roster and a World Roster.  Buddy Hield will play for the World Team as a native of The Bahamas and will team up with some remarkable talent like Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76'ers), Kristaps Porzingis (New York Knicks) and Domantas Sabonis (Oklahoma City Thunder).  Meanwhile the U.S. team features Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota Timberwolves), Devin Booker and Marquese Chriss (Phoenix Suns), Brandon Ingram and D’Angelo Russell (Los Angeles Lakers).

Despite not making this year's NBA All Star Team, the Buddy Hield BBVA Rising Stars Challenge Selection will definitely be his motivation for many years to come.  See event schedule and team rosters below:-

Event Schedule - Friday, Feb. 17

All times Eastern (ET)
10:30 a.m. | BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge Practice | NBA TV
9 p.m. | BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge | TNT

United States Roster

G Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns)
G Malcolm Brogdon (Milwaukee Bucks)
F Marquese Chriss (Phoenix Suns)
F Brandon Ingram (Los Angeles Lakers)
C Frank Kaminsky (Charlotte Hornets)
C Jahlil Okafor (Philadelphia 76ers)
G D’Angelo Russell (Los Angeles Lakers)
G/F Jonathon Simmons (San Antonio Spurs)
C Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota Timberwolves)
C Myles Turner (Indiana Pacers)

World Roster

C Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers/Cameroon)
G Dante Exum (Utah Jazz/Australia)
G Buddy Hield (New Orleans Pelicans/Bahamas)
C Nikola Jokic (Denver Nuggets/Serbia)
F Trey Lyles (Utah Jazz/Canada)
G Emmanuel Mudiay (Denver Nuggets/DR Congo)
G Jamal Murray (Denver Nuggets/Canada)
F Kristaps Porzingis (New York Knicks/Latvia)
F Domantas Sabonis (Oklahoma City Thunder/Lithuania)
F Dario Saric (Philadelphia 76ers/Croatia)

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