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.
Buddy Hield's All-Star weekend just got busier.
Hield's already playing for the World Team alongside fellow Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic in Friday night's Rising Stars game. Now, he'll be participating in Saturday night's Skills Challenge as well, the NBA announced on Monday.
The second-year guard will replace Utah Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell, who's now taking part in the Dunk Contest on Saturday. Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon opted out of the Dunk Contest with a hip injury on Monday, opening the door for Mitchell and then Hield.
Hield's entry marks the third straight year a Kings player is competing in the skills challenge. DeMarcus Cousins took part each of the last two seasons, including a day before he was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans in a deal that netted Hield in 2017.
Two in, one left out.
The NBA announced the rosters for their annual Rising Stars game at All-Star weekend Wednesday afternoon. Rookie Bogdan Bogdanovic and second-year wing Buddy Hield will represent Sacramento at the event as part of the World Team. De’Aaron Fox, the fifth overall selection from the 2017 NBA Draft, will not.
Bogdanovic joined the Kings over the summer after spending the last few seasons playing for Fenerbahce of the EuroLeague. The 25-year-old plays like a seasoned veteran for Sacramento, posting 11.4 points and 3.4 assists in 26.8 minutes a night.
The Kings acquired Hield, as well as a first round pick, from the New Orleans Pelicans in a mid-season for DeMarcus Cousins last year. The sharpshooting wing is averaging 12.5 points on 43.8 percent shooting from long range in his second NBA season.
Bogdanovic and Hield are the 14th and 15th players in Kings history to land an invite to the event and the first since Isaiah Thomas represented the team during All-Star weekend 2013.
Fox was lost in the shuffle of a deep rookie class. Three other guards taken in the 2017 draft made the U.S. Team roster in front of him, including the Lakers Lonzo Ball, Dennis Smith Jr. from Dallas and Utah’s Donovan Mitchell. Rookie second rounder Dillon Brooks made the World Team roster as well.
Here is a look at the rest of the roster: