Leonard, Splitter selected for Team Chuck


Last night, Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal made their selections for the Rising Stars challenge during NBA All-Star weekend.

Barkley ended up picking both San Antonio Spurs players in the pool.

Besides Irving, TEAM CHUCK is comprised of DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings), Derrick Williams (Minnesota Timberwolves), Paul George (Indiana Pacers), MarShon Brooks (New Jersey Nets), John Wall (Washington Wizards), Tiago Splitter (San Antonio Spurs), Evan Turner (Philadelphia 76ers), Gordon Hayward (Utah Jazz), Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio Spurs).

This marks the first year in which rookies and sophomores have been mixed together on teams. Historically, the game featured NBA rookies facing off against sophomores. The participants in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge were selected by the NBA’s assistant coaches, with each team submitting one ballot.

Splitter guarding Blake Griffin and Kawhi Leonard trying to put the clamps on Landry Fields are among some of the expected matchups next Friday in Orlando.