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Rising Stars grades: Team Hill

All-Star Grades: TEAM HILL | TEAM WEBBER | 3-POINT | SKILLS | DUNK | SHOOTING


A+

Andre Drummond

Detroit Pistons
C


PTS: 30
REB: 25
AST: 1
STL: 1
BLK: 1
FGA-M: 12-21


ANALYSIS

The Detroit big man set a Rising Stars Challenge record with 25 rebounds and was clearly the star until the game turned into a shootout between Tim Hardaway Jr. and Dion Waiters. Still, it was an MVP-worthy effort, and it won't be many seasons before Drummond gets selected to play in Sunday's marquee game.


A

Dion Waiters

Cleveland Cavaliers
SG


PTS: 31
REB: 1
AST: 7
STL: 3
BLK: 0
FGA-M: 10-14


ANALYSIS

The most entertaining stretch of the game came in the second half, when Waiters and Hardaway Jr. engaged in a prolific shootout. The display brought the elite players out of their courtside seats. You know you're smoking when James Harden and Kevin Durant shake their heads in disbelief.


B

Damian Lillard

Portland Trail Blazers
PG


PTS: 13
REB: 5
AST: 5
STL: 2
BLK: 0
FGA-M: 6-14


ANALYSIS

After aggressively looking for his offense in the first half, Lillard settled into his duties as a facilitator down the stretch. He connected on some beautiful lob plays that led to easy dunks for big men Drummond and Terrence Jones. Lillard just continues to make the game look so easy.


B

Bradley Beal

Washington Wizards
SG


PTS: 21
REB: 5
AST: 4
STL: 2
BLK: 0
FGA-M: 7-13


ANALYSIS

The smooth shooting guard for the Washington Wizards picked up where he left off in recent weeks with another fluid performance from beyond the arc. If Beal can keep up his production and stay healthy alongside John Wall, the Wizards will be a legitimate dark horse in the East.


B

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Milwaukee Bucks
SG


PTS: 9
REB: 2
AST: 2
STL: 0
BLK: 1
FGA-M: 3-3


ANALYSIS

He didn't get much playing time, but the athleticism was evident from the outset. There isn't much going well for Milwaukee these days, but the Greek Freak has provided some promising moments for the Bucks. He seems to be a mix between Anthony Davis and Nicolas Batum.


B

Miles Plumlee

Phoenix Suns
C


PTS: 4
REB: 3
AST: 0
STL: 0
BLK: 1
FGA-M: 2-2


ANALYSIS

His signature play came when he rejected a ferocious dunk attempt by hometown hero Anthony Davis in the second half. Plumlee spent much of the game trying to keep his brother, Mason, from delivering too many highlight moments. That was enough to keep him busy.


C

Terrence Jones

Houston Rockets
PF


PTS: 14
REB: 6
AST: 0
STL: 0
BLK: 0
FGA-M: 7-10


ANALYSIS

The Rockets forward didn't have to step too far out of his normal role in this game. He was there to catch lobs, rebound, run the floor and finish plays in the paint. In that sense, he did his job. Now, he'll go back to his regular job doing the same thing alongside Dwight Howard in Houston.


C-

Harrison Barnes

Golden State Warriors
SF


PTS: 16
REB: 3
AST: 3
STL: 2
BLK: 0
FGA-M: 5-12


ANALYSIS

Even in a game that featured a ton of open looks and little defensive resistance, Barnes couldn't find his stroke. He opened the game missing six of his first seven shots, with the inconsistencies from the first half of the season carrying right into All-Star Weekend.


C-

Jonas Valanciunas

Toronto Raptors
C


PTS: 4
REB: 2
AST: 2
STL: 0
BLK: 0
FGA-M: 2-4


ANALYSIS

He didn't have much of an impact at all on either end of the court. Perhaps he needed Toronto Raptors teammates DeMar DeRozan, Terrence Ross and Kyle Lowry to help get him going. Granted, it's very difficult to look good in a game like this when you're accustomed to structure.