For the first time in franchise history, the Sacramento Kings were represented by three players for the Rising Star Challenge at All-Star weekend. Bogdan Bogdanovic and Buddy Hield were early picks for the World team and rookie De’Aaron Fox was a late addition to the USA team due to an injury to the Lakers’ Lonzo Ball.
Bogdanovic was one of the first subs off the bench for the World team and he didn’t disappoint, leading his team to a 155-124 win over Team USA. The Kings 25-year-old rookie took home the hardware, winning the game's MVP award.
The Serbian sharpshooter started dropping in triples from 30 feet out to oohs and ahhs from the crowd. He scored 26 points on 7-of-13 shooting from deep. He added six assists as he looked to set up his teammates.
Hield started the game at the shooting guard spot for the World Team and hit his first two 3-point shots to get his team out to an early lead. He finished the game with a team-high 29 points on 5-for-14 shooting from long range.
For much of their time on the court, Bogdanovic lined up opposite Fox. The Kings’ starting backcourt appeared to have a great time playing All-Star Game matador defense against one another.
Fox nearly missed the festivities after taking a big spill late in Wednesday’s loss to the Rockets. Despite requiring stitches above his right eye and on his chin, Fox was able to suit up and score four points on the night.
Jaylen Brown led the way for Team USA with 35 points and 10 rebounds, but it wasn't nearly enough.