Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Sixers' Turner gets nod for Rising Stars Challenge on All-Star weekend

PHILADELPHIA  – The NBA announced the list of participants for the first-ever BBVA Rising Stars Challenge today and Sixers guard Evan Turner was one of 18 players selected by the league’s assistant coaches, with each team submitting one ballot.  Formally known as the Rookie Challenge, the new format will feature rookies and sophomores mixed together.

"We are thrilled to get the great news regarding Evan Turner’s selection to the NBA Rising Stars Challenge,” said Sixers Head Coach Doug Collins. “He has worked very hard to improve all aspects of his game and he plays a vital role to our team’s success. On behalf of the entire 76ers organization, I can’t begin to express how proud and happy we are for Evan.”

Turner, the second overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, has appeared in all but one game this season and is averaging 9.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 25.6 minutes per game.  He is currently the only player in the league averaging at least 9 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists while playing under 26 minutes a game.  Turner will be the fourth player on the current roster to compete in the event as a Sixer, joining Andre Iguodala (2005, 2006), Thaddeus Young (2009) and Jrue Holiday (2011).

Joining Turner from the Sophomore class are: DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings), Landry Fields (New York Knicks), Paul George (Indiana Pacers), Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers), Gordon Hayward (Utah Jazz), Greg Monroe (Detroit Pistons), Tiago Splitter (San Antonio Spurs) and John Wall (Washington Wizards).

Representing the Rookie class are: MarShon Brooks (New Jersey Nets), Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers), Brandon Knight (Detroit Pistons), Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs), Markieff Morris (Phoenix Suns), Ricky Rubio (Minnesota Timberwolves), Tristan Thompson (Cleveland Cavaliers), Kemba Walker (Charlotte Bobcats), and Derrick Williams (Minnesota Timberwolves).

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