In a showcase game for the NBA’s young stars, New Orleans Hornets rookie forward Anthony Davis showed he could play a well-rounded game when the emphasis was clearly on scoring. After just 5 1/2 minutes into the game, Davis had already snagged five rebounds and had eight by halftime in Friday night’s BBVA Rising Stars Challenge game at the Toyota Center.
When it finally ended, Davis scored 11 points and grabbed nine rebounds to help Team Chuck defeat Team Shaq 163-135. Team Chuck was led by Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried, who won MVP honors after scoring 40 points. Cleveland Cavaliers second-year guard Kyrie Irving, who will play in Sunday night's NBA All-Star Game, led Team Shaq with 32 points.
"Playing with those guys was definitely great,'' Davis said. "Guys just showed their skills on what they could do outside of their teams. I was trying to play within the team concept and just keep playing hard and have fun with it.''
Davis, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 draft out of Kentucky, was among the 20 players selected by the league's assistant coaches to participate in the game. Then TNT studio analysts Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal picked their respective teams from the pool of 20 players.
Anthony Davis shows all-around ability in Rising Stars Challenge game
New Orleans Times-Picayune | Feb 16