Though Ben Simmons wasn’t named to the NBA All-Star Team, he’ll still be a part of the weekend festivities: The Rising Stars Challenge's “World” team will feature Joel Embiid, Simmons, and Dario Saric. You have to figure Embiid will not play.
They’re joined on the international squad by Bogdan Bogdanovic and no one else whose name is as cool as Bogdan Bogdanobic:
Meet the 2018 Mtn Dew Kickstart Rising Stars competing for the World Team! #NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/L9KBKaLbXy— NBA TV (@NBATV) January 24, 2018
They’ll face off against a U.S. team that is pretty much villains of the Sixers and Dennis Smith Jr.:
Meet the 2018 Mtn Dew Kickstart Rising Stars competing for the U.S. Team! #NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/W8YAqpcEXw— NBA TV (@NBATV) January 24, 2018
Dario Saric scored 17 points in last year’s game on 7/10 from the floor and 3/5 from three.