|Game||Team USA vs Team World|
|Date & Time||Friday February 14, 2020, 9:00 PM (EST)|
United Center 1901, West Madison Street, Near West Side, Near West Side, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, 60612, USA
On Friday, as part of the 2020 NBA All-Star Game weekend, the 2020 NBA Rising Stars will take the court as Team USA will play Team World. Team USA will be led by Ja Morant, Collin Sexton and Trae Young in the back court while Zion Williamson and PJ Washington will secure the front court for the USA young guns. Also included on the roster for USA are Eric Paschall, Kendrick Nunn, Jaren Jackson Jr., Devonte’ Graham, Wendell Carter Jr. and Miles Bridges.
Team World will be led by triple-double sensation Luka Donncic and will include players such as Deandre Ayton, RJ Barrett, Nickeill Alexander Walker, Brandon Clark, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Rui Hachimura, Svi Mykhailiuk, Josh Okogie and Mortiz Wagner.
Noticeable absentees from the list that were overlooked by the assistant coaches that assembled the two teams were Matisse Thybulle, Jaxson Hayes and Terence Davis. Also missing from the two rosters are talented players such as Landry Shamet, Donte DiVincenzo, Grant Williams and Jalen Brunson. but the two biggest snubs are likely Kevin Huerter and Duncan Robinson.
Since 2015 when the Team USA versus Team World format was adopted, Team World has won three of the five meetings. However, Team USA looks much stronger this season. Although, Doncic is considered the top player overall on both rosters and plays for Team World, Team USA is deep in talent with Morant, Williamson, and Young amongst others. The USA roster has plenty of talent that can strike from the outside with Nunn, Graham, and Young cocked and ready to shoot from start to finish.
Team World will be led by Doncic and Gilgeous-Alexander but there are not too many other top scorers on the roster. Deandre Ayton has come on strong since coming back from an early-season suspension but has had peaks and valleys off and on this season. However, it doesn't appear as if Team World has the shooting prowess that Team USA will have and the USA roster should out gun the World roster with Trae Young taking the MVP of the contest. Final score prediction, USA wins 145-133