Memphis Grizzlies rookie Dillon Brooks was named to the World Team to compete vs the U.S. Team in the 2018 Mountain Dew Kickstart Rising Stars game on Friday, Feb. 19th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles as part of All-Star Weekend.
This is the fourth year of the league’s annual showcase of it’s talented youngsters, as the game pits 10 first and second year players from the United States against 10 first and second year players from around the world.
For Memphis Grizzlies and fans alike, this is a much-deserved honor for the rookie from Oregon, as Brooks has been a bright spot in what has been a tough season. In 46 games, (38 starts) Dillon has averaged 8.4 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists on 46% shooting (39.8% from 3). He is 4th among rookies in three-point shooting percentage, 8th in minutes per game, and 14th in scoring average according to a press release from the Grizzlies.
While these stats may not blow you away, Brooks has been a much bigger part of the team than initially expected. A rash of early season injuries forced him into action right away and he has been a solid contributor and a hard worker.
On Team World, Brooks will be joined by Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Dario Saric of the 76ers, Bogdan Bogdanovic and Buddy Hield of the Sacramento Kings, Chicago Bulls rookie Lauri Markkanen, Jamal Murray of the Denver Nuggets, Frank Ntilikina of the Knicks and Indiana Pacers forward Domantas Sabonis.
Team USA will consist of Los Angeles Lakers rookies Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma and sophmore Brandon Ingram, Malcolm Brogdon of the Milwaukee Bucks (Reigning Rookie of the Year), Boston Celtics studs Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, John Collins of the Atlanta Hawks, Chicago Bulls guard Kris Dunn, Donovan Mitchell, the Jazz’s dunking sensation, and the Dallas Mavericks rookie guard Dennis Smith Jr.
The rosters were determined by the assistant coaches from around the league, with each of the 30 teams submitting one ballot per coaching staff. The ballot consists of four guards, four frontcourt players and two players at either position for each team.
Congratulations Dillon, you’ve earned it.