February 14, 2020, 3:39 pm
Just a quick hitter today, with no real games on tap and a fun showcase of the league’s best young players that should produce plenty of points. I’ll be giving a basic lay of the land for both teams.
If you’re brave enough to be playing DFS for the Rising Stars game, this one’s for you.
On the World side I’ll be looking to target the frontcourt and those who will be filling in for the injured Deandre Ayton: Moritz Wagner and Rui Hachimura. Not necessarily Nicolo Melli, who is the one that’s literally filling in for Ayton on the roster. My top guard for this one is Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.
I am going to want one of Trae Young or Luka Doncic and I prefer Young when it’s all said and done. In last year’s Rising Stars game we Doncic take a backseat and have fun doing it. He’s not the type of guy who is going to look to be super aggressive on offense, while I think Young is.
I’ll also look to get some shares of Zion. The Pelicans did play last night and Zion plays 31 minutes in that game, but we aren’t expecting any starter to get 30-plus minutes and on a point per minute basis Zion is one of the best on the slate.
With those two I like getting to some Miles Bridges. These tend to be showcase games and I like to target the high-fliers who put on a show. They’re will be plenty of alley-oops thrown and I want the two guys on the receiving end of them on the American team.
I think the secondary options on Team USA are slightly better than what is available from the World team. We’ve seen JJJ, Ja Morant and Collin Sexton be aggressive on the offensive end, while guys like Brandon Clarke, Josh Okogie, Svi Mykhailuk and RJ Barrett have been playing passively for the most part.