Joel Embiid And Lonzo Ball Headline Mtn Dew Kickstart Rising Stars Rosters

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Embiid, of Cameroon, and Simmons, of Australia, will play in the game for the World team, the National Basketball Association announced Wednesday.

Simmons, 21, has taken the reins of the Sixers' offense, and is averaging 16.7 points per game, 8.1 rebounds per game, and 7.4 assists per game.

The NBA announced Wednesday that the second-year Nuggets guard from Kitchener, Ontario was selected for the World Team for the Mtn Dew Kickstart Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, Feb. 16 at Staples Center in Los Angeles during the 2018 NBA All-Star festivities.

Though Fox is listed as day-to-day with an injury, he's averaged 10.4 points, a team-leading 4.3 assists in 26.5 minutes of action as a rookie. Simmons is widely viewed as the favorite to win Rookie of the Year. The U.S. will play a team composed of global players. The Greenwich, Conn., native is now averaging the second-most points ever by a Jazz rookie (Darrell Griffith, 1980-81, 20.6 ppg). He's shooting 43.8 percent from 3-point range, sixth in the National Basketball Association and second among all global players.

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The stronger outlook was attributed to the stronger momentum in domestic demand and higher external demand. The Chinese economy, the world's second-biggest, is believed to have grown 6.8 percent in 2017.

The Kings have had 11 players in the Rookie or Rising Stars Challenge dating to 1994, most recently Isaiah Thomas in 2013.

Ball will be joined on the US roster by teammates Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma along with 2017 Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon, Celtics forwards Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, Bulls guard Kris Dunn, Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell, Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr. and Hawks center John Collins.

National Basketball Association assistant coaches are responsible for selecting the players to compete in the Rising Stars event this year.