The MVP of the Mtn Dew Kickstart Rising Stars Challenge walked out of a side door in the bowels of the Staples Center on Friday night and strolled to the dais, light shimmering off his glass trophy. "Can I ask the first question?" Bogdan Bogdanovic said. When you're the MVP, you can do whatever you want. "Is there anyone from Serbia here?" Among the 100 or so assembled All-Star Game media, none were from Serbia. The 25-year-old rookie known as "Bogi" shrugged and moved on. But you can't blame him for wondering if someone from his home country was here to witness his big moment. He was the MVP for a World team that thrashed the USA team, 155-124, in a game that turned into an impromptu 3-point and dunk contest. Coming into this game, Bogdanovic might have been the least known of these youngsters, at least to the American audience. He was selected by the Phoenix Suns with the 27th pick of the 2014 draft but elected to stay in EuroLeague for a few more years, where he was twice a EuroLeague Rising Star and once a EuroLeague champion. The Suns traded him to the Kings in 2016, and he made his NBA debut this season -- as the highest-paid rookie in the league.
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