2014 BBVA Rising Stars Challenge Mock Draft

Daniel HudsonCorrespondent IIIJanuary 30, 2014

2014 BBVA Rising Stars Challenge Mock Draft

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    On February 6, Shaquille O'Neal will have the first pick in the 2014 BBVA Rising Stars Challenge Draft. He's lost to Charles Barkley's team two years in a row, ever since the Hall of Fame pair started drafting the annual rookies versus sophomores All-Star Weekend exhibition game. Here's how I think the draft will go.

    The talent pool for this year's game is slimmer than usual. While last year's game featured such names as Paul George and Kyrie Irving, this year's crop quickly descends to middling players who are still looking for playing time early in their NBA careers.

    Never fear! This game, thanks to the rivalry between Team Shaq and Team Chuck, has become one of the most exciting parts of the All-Star break. The draft is an event unto itself.

    Let's see how the lineups will look at tipoff on Valentine's night...

Round 1

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    Julie Jacobson/Associated Press

    There are three elite players in the 2014 BBVA Rising Stars Challenge Draft, so Team Shaq is immediately at an advantage with the first pick:

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    Damian LillardPortlandGSOPH 41.788.7 20.6 5.6 3.5 3.0 

    In a repeat of the 2013 draft, Team Chuck will look to match Shaq's point guard choice with a serious low-post force:

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    Anthony Davis New Orleans F/C SOPH 51.9 76.2 20.4 1.4 10.4 1.5 3.3 

Round 2

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    Dan Lippitt/Getty Images

    With Damian Lillard, Shaq has the best player on the floor. Now he needs to couple him with the most O'Neal-esque player on the board and the last of the "Big Three" in this game:

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    Andre Drummond Detroit SOPH 60.0 40.7 12.6 0.4 12.7 1.4 1.8 

    The first rookie will be the runaway Rookie of the Year favorite, a do-all point guard who will work well with Anthony Davis:

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    Michael Carter-Williams Philadelphia ROOK 40.1 69.9 17.2 6.7 5.6 2.4 1.0 

Round 3

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    The Rising Stars Challenge usually lets the most athletic players show their stuff. Shaq will land the most physically intriguing player in the draft in Round 3:

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     Victor OladipoOrlando ROOK 41.2 76.4 13.9 3.8 4.4 1.6 0.9 

    With a pass-first point guard and a terrific low-post player, Chuck needs to grab a legitimate scorer next:

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    Bradley Beal Washington SOPH 41.4 80.8 17.1 3.2 3.8 1.0 2.0 

Round 4

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    Team Shaq could go many different directions with this pick, but with so few quality big men available, he'd be wise to force Team Chuck's move by taking one:

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     Jonas Valanciunas TorontoSOPH 50.1 77.8 10.4 0.7 8.7 0.3 0.9 

    Chuck took the upstart Kenneth Faried in the second round last year. In the fourth round this year, he might just have his 2014 version of "The Manimal":

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     Terrence JonesHouston SOPH 52.2 59.0 11.8 1.2 7.5 0.6 1.4 

Round 5

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    At this point, Shaq only has one consistent scorer in Damian Lillard. It's time he grabs another:

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    Trey Burke Utah ROOK 38.6 90.6 13.3 5.7 3.1 0.7 1.6 

    Because of Shaq's love for rookies in these drafts, Chuck can secure the best two shooters (along with Bradley Beal) in the game with this pick:

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     Dion WaitersCleveland SOPH 41.2 68.1 14.3 2.7 2.9 0.9 1.2 

Round 6

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    Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

    If Victor Oladipo is the most athletic player in this draft, then the "Greek Freak" is the second most. He's only 19. Keep an eye on him in the coming years:

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    Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee G/F ROOK 44.3 71.7 7.0 1.8 4.7 0.7 0.8 0.5

    This is an opportunity for Team Chuck to really lock up rebounds in the game:

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    Jared Sullinger Boston SOPH 42.877.012.8 1.6 7.8 0.5 0.5 0.7 

Round 7

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    Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

    A really nice late pick for Shaq will be a player who can't seem to find his stride in the Bay Area. He has plenty of potential, and the Rising Stars Challenge might help us all remember that:

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    Harrison Barnes Golden State SOPH 41.7 72.0 10.1 1.5 3.9 0.9 0.9 

    Chuck may have shooters and rebounders, but he still only has one point guard. It's time to fix that:

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     Tim Hardaway Jr.New York ROOK 45.9 82.5 8.6 0.8 1.4 0.5 1.4 

Rounds 8 and 9

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    In past years, the final few rounds aren't selected but drawn at random. In the event they draft all the way through, I see Shaq wrapping up his final two picks with some diverse skill sets:

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     Pero AnticAtlantaF/CROOK 42.8 77.8 5.8 1.0 3.4 0.3 0.3 1.0
    Steven AdamsOklahoma CityCROOK47.664.03.70.74.50.50.70.0

    Like Shaq, Chuck will look to give his team some rebounding prowess at the end of the draft:

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    Mason PlumleeBrooklynF/CROOK 62.961.6 5.6 0.3 3.0 0.5 0.7 
    Kelly OlynykBostonF/CROOK42.182.46.71.54.30.50.5

Summary

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    The 2014 BBVA Rising Stars Challenge Draft is void of top-to-bottom talent and production. There are more role players than in years past.

    In accordance with his previous teams, Shaq has a rookie-heavy bunch here. There is some serious size, which his 2013 squad lacked (Kyrie Irving lead his team in rebounding with six):

     Team Shaq 
    GDamian LillardSOPH
    GVictor OladipoROOK
    FHarrison BarnesSOPH
    CJonas ValanciunasSOPH
    CAndre DrummondSOPH
    BETrey BurkeROOK
    BEGiannis AntetokounmpoROOK
    BEPero AnticROOK
    BESteven AdamsROOK

    Chuck has put together a run-and-gun-group that will rely on the shooting of its starting five to win:

     Team Chuck 
    GMichael Carter-WilliamsROOK
    GBradley BealSOPH
    GDion WaitersSOPH
    FTerrence JonesSOPH
    F/CAnthony DavisSOPH
    BETim Hardaway Jr.ROOK
    BEJared SullingerSOPH
    BEMason PlumleeROOK
    BEKelly OlynykROOK