Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor Are Headed to Toronto for All-Star Weekend

Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel have been named to the U.S. team for the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge during All-Star Weekend in Toronto. This is the third time in history that the Sixers will have more than one player in the event.

Okafor is averaging 17.4 points and 7.3 points per game, while Noel is averaging 10.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.6 blocks on the year. For the second consecutive year, this game will feature 10 first- and second-year NBA players from the United States against 10 first- and second-year NBA players from around the world.

Sam Hinkie commented on this announcement via

“On behalf of the entire Sixers organization, we are proud that Nerlens and Jahlil were recognized for their talent, hard work and commitment to their craft. This is a recognition both for them and their families, who have sacrificed and supported Nerlens and Jahlil during every step of their basketball journeys. This is another significant accomplishment in their young careers, and we truly hope that Nerlens and Jahlil will enjoy the opportunities and experiences that All-Star Weekend has to offer as representatives of the Sixers.”

Here are the rosters:

Jordan Clarkson Lakers G
Rodney Hood Jazz G
Zach LaVine Timberwolves G
Nerlens Noel 76ers F/C
Jahlil Okafor 76ers C
Jabari Parker Bucks F
Elfrid Payton Magic G
D’Angelo Russell Lakers G
Marcus Smart Celtics G
Karl-Anthony Towns Timberwolves C

Bojan Bogdanovic Nets G/F
Clint Capela Rockets F/C
Mario Hezonja Magic G/F
Nikola Jokic Nuggets C
Nikola Mirotic Bulls F
Emmanuel Mudiay Nuggets G
Raul Neto Jazz G
Kristaps Porzingis Knicks F/C
Dwight Powell Mavericks F/C
Andrew Wiggins Timberwolves G/F

The Rising Stars Challenge will air on Friday, Feb. 12 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto on TNT. I’ll be tuned in.

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