NBA Top Shot has been taking the world by storm. We’ve seen plenty of young players get involved with the digital highlight NFT website, which has gotten plenty of buzz over the past few months amongst the NBA fanbase and Crypto crowd. Now, Top Shot is going to be unveiling the 2021 NBA All-Star Game Rising Stars rosters. This game will not be played at the All-Star Game in Atlanta on Sunday. That doesn’t mean we can’t see which youngsters would have competed in the contest.
The NBA will unveil the 2021 Rising Stars rosters on @NBA_Topshot at the top of the hour. No actual game being played this year, but still a really fun way for some of the league's best young hoopers to be recognized.— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) March 3, 2021
Here we’ll be updating you on both rosters, which is usually split up between Team USA and Team International. The game features the best rookies and second-year players in the NBA. So we should expect names like LaMelo Ball, Anthony Edwards, Ja Morant and Zion Williamson to be announced on some of the rosters. A few international prospects include Deni Avdija, R.J. Barrett, Bol Bol and Theo Maledon.
Here are the full rosters, which were unveiled on NBA Top Shot (h/t Shams Charania):
Zion Williamson, Ja Morant and LaMelo Ball headline NBA Rising Stars selections for 2020-21 season, as revealed on Top Shot. Rosters here: pic.twitter.com/fwmhlz3DX8— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 3, 2021
The U.S. roster is just absolutely loaded. You’ve got the reigning Rookie of the Year in Morant and then Williamson on top of Tyler Herro, Anthony Edwards, Michael Porter Jr. and Tyrese Haliburton and Ball. Hali and Ball are the two best odds to be crowned 2021 ROTY. If this game were to be played, the spread might look like Team USA -25 or something. Nothing against the World Roster but there’s a clear lack of elite talent there other than maybe Barrett and Lu Dort?