Five Canadians named to NBA's Rising Stars World Team

New York Knicks guard RJ Barrett (9) steals the ball away from Detroit Pistons center Mason Plumlee (24) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021, in Detroit. (Carlos Osorio/AP)

While the COVID-19 pandemic is preventing the NBA from holding a Rising Stars game this season, the league has still announced what those rosters would have been and five Canadians have been named to the 10-player World Team.

The Pelicans' Nickeil Alexander-Walker, the Knicks' RJ Barrett, the Grizzlies' Brandon Clarke, the Thunder's Luguentz Dort and the Warriors' Mychal Mulder were all named to the roster on Wednesday. The announcement was made on NBA Top Shot and each player named to the cancelled game will get a special moment on Top Shot, which will be available in a new set released during All-Star Weekend.

The Rising Stars game features two teams, the U.S. Team and World Team, made up of first and second-year players in a game normally contested during the all-star festivities. The NBA will still hold an All-Star Game and skills competition this Sunday in Atlanta.

Below are the full Rising Stars rosters:

U.S. Team
LaMelo Ball (Charlotte)
Anthony Edwards (Minnesota)
Tyrese Haliburton (Sacramento)
Tyler Herro (Miami)
De'Andre Hunter (Atlanta)
Keldon Johnson (San Antonio)
Ja Morant (Memphis)
Michael Porter Jr. (Denver)
Zion Williamson (New Orleans)
James Wiseman (Golden State)

World Team
Precious Achiuwa (Miami)
Nickeil Alexander-Walker (New Orleans)
Deni Avdija (Washington)
RJ Barrett (New York)
Facundo Campazzo (Denver)
Brandon Clarke (Memphis)
Luguentz Dort (Oklahoma City)
Rui Hachimura (Washington)
Théo Maledon (Oklahoma City)
Mychal Mulder (Golden State)

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