Robert Covington, Matthew Dellavedova and Kostas Papanikolaou added to 2015 Rising Stars Challenge
Philadelphia 76ers forward Robert Covington, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova and Houston Rockets forward Kostas Papanikolaou have been added to the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, Feb. 13, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Covington and Dellavedova replace injured U.S. Team selection Michael Carter-Williams of the 76ers and injured World Team selection Kelly Olynyk of the Boston Celtics, respectively. Papanikolaou replaces the Denver Nuggets’ Jusuf Nurkic, who was originally chosen to replace the injured Steven Adams of the Oklahoma City Thunder on the World Team. Nurkic is unable to play for personal reasons.
The BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge at NBA All-Star 2015 features a new format that pits first- and second-year NBA players from the United States against first- and second-year NBA players from around the world.
Covington, who was signed by the 76ers on Nov. 15, 2014, has appeared in 43 games this season, averaging 13.2 points and 4.7 rebounds. Undrafted out of Tennessee State in 2013, Covington spent his rookie season with the Houston Rockets and was named the NBA Development League Rookie of the Year for 2013-14, based on his performance while on assignment with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
Dellavedova, an Australia native, is in his second NBA season after going undrafted out of Saint Mary’s in 2013. He is shooting 41.1 percent (37-of-90) from three-point range and averaging 4.3 points and 2.9 assists in 20.3 minutes over 39 games, including nine starts.
Papanikolaou, the 48th overall pick of the 2012 NBA Draft and a native of Greece, spent the past two seasons playing overseas before signing with the Rockets in September 2014. He has appeared in 39 games this season, averaging 4.7 points and 2.9 rebounds in 19.8 minutes.
TNT will exclusively televise the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge at 9 p.m. ET. BBVA Compass is the official bank of the NBA in the United States and maintains its role as title partner for the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge.