Skip to main content
  1. AXS Entertainment
  2. Sports
  3. NBA

Andre Drummond named Rising Stars Challenge MVP

See also

One thing you can certainly say about the NBA's Rising Stars Challenge is that it certainly exists. The annual game that pits some of the best rookies and sophomores in the league was played this evening. It used to be a battle betwixt the rookies and the sophomores, but now TNT dudes pick teams and then sit around and watch them play. This year, Grant Hill, the former Piston, and Detroit's own Chris Webber were the GMs.

The Rising Stars Challenge is like the regular All-Star Game, but with even less defense and more lethargy and chicanery. The game gets as close to nihilism as hoops can get, but usually some fun stuff happened, and this year it was mostly brought by Dion Waiters and Tim Hardaway Jr., who used to play at Michigan. It was a big year for Michigan and the Rising Stars Challenge, and I've even been burying the lede at this point. Team Hill beat Team Webber 142-136. The MVP of this game? The Pistons' own Andre Drummond.

Drummond didn't do anything as dramatic as Waiters and Hardaway, who scored 31 and 36 points respectively. Drummond had 30 points, but where he really drew his value was his 25 rebounds. Nobody else had more than eight, and the 25 boards was a Rising Stars record. Also, he went 6-for-8 on free throws. If only he could do that in games that count.

Anyway, congratulations to Drummond. He didn't get to play in this game last year, because of his injury. So it was nice for him to get this chance. Hopefully he will be in the regular All-Star Game soon. Perhaps as soon as next year.


Today's top buzz...

  • Coachella
    Get ready for the second weekend of Coachella with this fun guide
    Music News
  • St. Louis Rams
    The Rams are offering $100K to anyone who can guess their 2014 schedule correctly
    NFL News
  • X-Men
    The final 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' trailer is here, and it's marvelous
    Hot Trailers
  • Russell Westbrook
    See the NBA playoff teams that might consider making a panic trade
    NBA Buzz
  • Paul Walker
    Paul Walker's brothers will stand in for him on the set of 'Fast and the Furious 7'
    Movies Buzz
  • Matt Moore
    Rays pitcher Matt Moore will be undergoing season-ending elbow surgery
    MLB Buzz

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about and apply today!