In a game that will feature burgeoning stars in the NBA, one of the Wizards breakout stars did not make the cut.
The NBA announced the rosters for the Rising Stars Challenge and Thomas Bryant was not one of those selected.
It's not too surprising that the 6-11 Bryant did not make it onto the U.S. roster. When cross-comparing Bryant to those selected, he is going up against several former college All-Americans and guys that are well ingrained into their respective team's identity. Quite frankly the U.S. team is loaded and holds several future All-Stars on it.
Taking nothing away from Bryant, he also worked himself into the Wizards culture. Bryant has started in 34 straight games for Washington after not playing in 10 of the team's first 15.
He quickly became the only option for the Wizards at the center position with Dwight Howard out indefinitely and Ian Mahinmi consistently dealing with injury. And at only 21-years-old, Bryant has been a workhorse.
On the season Bryant is averaging 9.4 points and 5.7 rebounds in his sophomore year in the league. This was his final year to be selected in the Rising Stars competition.
Rookie Troy Brown Jr. was the only other regular contributor for the Wizards that was eligible to be selected to the roster.
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