Houston Rockets’ Clint Capela selected to participate in BBVA Rising Star Game

Dec 19, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets forward Clint Capela (15) watches play against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Rockets won 107 to 97. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 19, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets forward Clint Capela (15) watches play against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Rockets won 107 to 97. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports /

Clint Capela learned today he will join his rookie and sophomore counterparts on BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge Game to be held on Friday February 12th.

Last year the Association changed the structure of this game from used to be termed Rookies versus Sophomores. The new format features the USA versus the World  and in the inaugural event the World led by Andrew Wiggins beat team USA.

Here are the two teams:

Team World: 

Clint Capela | Houston Rockets | Forward/Center||Switzerland |Sophomore

#BBVARisingStars World @44Bojan @CapelaClint @threekola @EmmanuelMudiay @RaulTogni @KPorzee @DwightPowell33 @22Wiggins M.Hezonja & N.Jokic

— 2016 NBA All-Star (@NBAAllStar) January 27, 2016

Congrats @CapelaClint on being selected to the World team for the #BBVARisingStars game on @NBAAllStar weekend! pic.twitter.com/KkZ2opk2Qv

— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) January 27, 2016

Bojan Bogdanovic Brooklyn Nets -| Guard/Forward |Bosnia and Herzegovina | Sophomore
Mario Hezonja | Orlando Magic | Guard/Forward|Croatia | Rookie
Nikola Jokic | Denver Nuggets | Center|Serbia| Rookie
Nikola Mirotic | Chicago Bulls | Forward- Montenegro | Sophomore
Emmanuel Mudiay | Denver Nuggets | Guard | Democratic Republic of Congo |Rookie
Raul Neto | Utah Jazz | Guard|Brazil|Rookie
Kristaps Porzingis |New York Knicks | Forward/Center| Latvia|- Rookie
Dwight Powell | Dallas Mavericks | Forward/Center| Canada| Sophomore
Andrew Wiggins | Minnesota Timberwolves | Guard/Forward| Canada | Sophomore

Of note since being named Mirotec underwent an appendectomy, so he may need to be replaced.

Andrew Wiggins was the 2015 Rising Stars Challenge MVP. RT if you wanna see a repeat! https://t.co/YWKc37hiGq pic.twitter.com/cab7XRAEMz

— Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) January 26, 2016

Team USA:

Jordan Clarkson | Los Lakers | Guard |  Sophomore
Rodney Hood | Utah Jazz | Guard| Sophomore
Zach LaVine | Minnesota Timberwolves | Guard| Sophomore

RT to congratulate @karltowns, @22wiggins & @ZachLaVine on being selected for the Rising Stars Challenge! pic.twitter.com/rw2bOJoaq0

— Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) January 27, 2016

Nerlens Noel | Philadelphia 76ers | Forward/Center| Sophomore
Jahlil Okafor | Philadelphia 76ers | Center| Rookie
Jabari Parker | Milwaukee Bucks | Forward| Sophomore
Elfrid Payton | Orlando Magic | Guard Sophomore
D’Angelo Russell | Los Angeles Lakers | Guard|Rookie
Marcus Smart | Boston Celtics | Guard|Sophomore
Karl-Anthony Towns | Minnesota Timberwolves | Center| Rookie

Andrew Wiggins and Kristaps Porzingis Headline Rising Stars Challenge Rosters https://t.co/i6oHM9XWwi pic.twitter.com/zw5S1UrAZZ

— SLAM Magazine (@SLAMonline) January 27, 2016

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Based on the breakdown Team USA has 7 second year players  and rookies while the World team has 5 sophomores and 5 rookies and with Mirotec possibly needing to be replaced the potential to add another rookie exists.

The game takes place in Toronto at the Air Canada Center at 9:00 PM ET. For more details on the game visit NBA.com

Friday February 12th – 7 PM ET Celebrity Game,  preceding the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge followed by an Inside the NBA broadcast at 11 PM EST

As for the other big events on the All-Star weekend they are: Saturday February 13th – at 7 PM ET NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader followed at 8PM ET with the State Farm All-Star Saturday Night (including the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, Foot Locker Three-Point Contest and the Verizon Slam Dunk). And of course the main event: Sunday February 14th – at 7 PM ET NBA Tip-Off followed at 8:30 by the 2016 NBA All-Star Game

For all details visit the nba.com under the All-Star section.

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