Ahead of the New Orleans Pelicans and Chicago Bulls matchup Wednesday evening, Zion Williamson and Nickeil Alexander-Walker were named NBA Rising Stars earlier today, joining Ja Morant, LaMelo Ball, Tyler Herro and many others.
Zion Williamson, Ja Morant and LaMelo Ball headline NBA Rising Stars selections for 2020-21 season, as revealed on Top Shot. Rosters here: pic.twitter.com/fwmhlz3DX8— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 3, 2021
Without a doubt, the best congratulations message was issued by Nicolo Melli.
Congrats @NickeilAW and @Zionwilliamson pic.twitter.com/rxNaxGD1KU— Nicolò Melli (@NikMelli) March 3, 2021
Of course, the Rising Stars Game will not be played this season. The 2020-21 All-Star lineup has been curtailed, limited to the All-Star Game, Slam Dunk Contest, 3-Point Shootout and Skills Challenge — all to be held on March 7.
And if you missed the news, Zion removed his name from consideration to be a participant in this year’s Slam Dunk Contest yesterday.
New Orleans Pelicans star Zion Williamson will not participate in the Slam Dunk Contest in Atlanta this Sunday, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) March 2, 2021
For more on today’s Pelicans-Bulls matchup, please give our preview a read.
Who: New Orleans Pelicans (15-19) vs Chicago Bulls (15-18)
When: March 3, 7:00 p.m. Central
Where to watch: FSNOLA
Where to listen: ESPN 100.3 FM
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