Rui Hachimura, Deni Avdija named NBA Rising Stars selections


There won't be an NBA Rising Stars Challenge this season due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but the league still honored the 20 players who would have played in the game.

Two of those selections are members of the Washington Wizards. The team's two most recent first-round picks, Rui Hachimura and Deni Avdija, have been named to the World roster, the league announced.

Hachimura has played 26 games for Washington this season, averaging 12.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. Avdija, who the Wizards selected ninth overall this past November, is averaging 6.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.

The rest of the World roster was made up of these eight players: Precious Achiuwa, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, R.J. Barrett, Facundo Campazzo, Brandon Clark, Luguentz Dort, Theo Maledon, and Mychal Mulder. 

The United States roster is headlined by Zion Williamson and Ja Morant, but also includes rookies LaMelo Ball, Anthony Edwards, James Wiseman and Tyrese Haliburton. Tyler Herro, De'Andre Hunter, Keldon Johnson and Michael Porter Jr. round out the U.S. squad.