Bradley Beal may not be in the 2020 NBA All-Star Game, but two Washington Wizards will be part of All-Star Weekend festivities. On Friday, Rui Hachimura and Moritz Wagner were named to the 2020 NBA Rising Stars Game. It will be a format of the top American rookies and sophomores vs. their non-American counterparts. Since Hachimura is from Japan and Wagner is from Germany, they will play on Team World.
Hachimura is averaging 13.9 points and 5.8 rebounds per game in his rookie season while Wagner is averaging 11.6 points and 6.0 rebounds per game as a sophomore. Both players have missed significant time over the last month due to injury, but Hachimura could be ready to return this weekend. Hopefully, Wagner will be ready to go by Friday, Feb. 14 when the game takes place.
This is big news for the Wizards as well, because it’s the first time the team is represented in the game since 2014, when Beal participated in his sophomore season.
GO TEAM WORLD!