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NBA Top Shot unveils Rising Stars rosters despite no game this season [UPDATE]

The popular digital highlight website rolled out the Freshman and Sophomore teams that would have competed at All-Star weekend.

Chris Paul of the Phoenix Suns defends against Anthony Edwards of the Minnesota Timberwolves during the first quarter of the game at Target Center on February 28, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

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.

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):

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?