Sacramento Kings guard De'Aaron Fox will replace injured Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball on the U.S. Team in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night at Staples Center in Los Angeles, the NBA announced Wednesday.
The 20-year-old Fox, the fifth pick in the 2017 draft, is averaging 11.3 points and 4.3 assists in 27.2 minutes while starting 37 of 49 games in his rookie season. His selection gives the Kings three players in the Rising Stars, with second-year guard Buddy Hield (Bahamas) and rookie guard Bogdan Bogdanovic (Serbia) representing the World Team.
Ball, 20, has missed the Lakers' last 13 games after suffering a sprained left MCL in his left knee on Jan. 13. The second pick in the draft is averaging 10.2 points, 7.1 rebounds and 7.1 assists in 36 games (all starts).
Ball said Wednesday he will return from the injury next Friday against Dallas in the Lakers' first game back from the All-Star break.
The Rising Stars Challenge is an annual showcase of premier young talent at NBA All-Star weekend. For the fourth consecutive year, the game features 10 first- and second-year NBA players from the U.S. against 10 first- and second-year NBA players from around the world.
The Lakers have second-year forward Brandon Ingram and rookie forward Kyle Kuzma playing for the U.S. Team.
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