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Thunder: What Shai Gilgeous-Alexander's Rising Stars appearance says about All-Star potential

Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will suit up Friday in his second Rising Stars game. 

The 21-year-old from Toronto will represent the World Team in a game that pits the top rookie and sophomore international players against the top rookie and sophomore U.S. players. 

Gilgeous-Alexander is amid a breakout sophomore season. He’s averaging a team-high 19.5 points per game and his 6.1 rebounds per game rank second on the Thunder. 

The Rising Stars game began in 1994 as the Rookie Challenge. It was canceled in 1999 because of the lockout, and in 2000 it morphed into the Rookies vs. Sophomores game. 

Since 2015, the format has been U.S. vs. World. 

A total of 350 players have competed in the 25-year history of the Rising Stars game. Dozens have competed twice. 

Of the 350 Rising Stars, 107 of them — 30.5 percent — went on to become All-Stars. 

Rising Stars games featuring future All-Stars (All-Star appearances) 

1994: Chris Webber (5), Penny Hardaway (4), Sam Cassell (1), Antonio Davis (1), Jamal Mashburn (1), Nick Van Exel (1)

1995: Jason Kidd (10), Eddie Jones (3), Glenn Robinson (2), Juwan Howard (1)

1996: Kevin Garnett (15), Rasheed Wallace (4), Michael Finley (2), Jerry Stackhouse (2), Antonio McDyess (1)

1997: Kobe Bryant (18), Allen Iverson (11), Ray Allen (10), Steve Nash (8), Antoine Walker (3), Shareef Abdur-Rahim (1)

1998: Tracy McGrady (7), Chauncey Billups (5), Zydrunas Ilgauskas (2)

2000: Dirk Nowitzki (14), Paul Pierce (10), Steve Francis (3), Elton Brand (2), Wally Szczerbiak (1) 

2001: Shawn Marion (4), Richard Hamilton (3), Steve Francis (3), Elton Brand (2), Baron Davis (2), Kenyon Martin (1), Wally Szczerbiak (1) 

2002: Joe Johnson (7), Pau Gasol (6), Tony Parker (6), Andrei Kirilenko (1), Kenyon Martin (1)

2003: Pau Gasol (6), Tony Parker (6), Amar’e Stoudemire (6), Gilbert Arenas (3), Carlos Boozer (2), Caron Butler (2), Tyson Chandler (1), Andre Kirilenko (1)

2004: LeBron James (16), Dwyane Wade (13), Chris Bosh (11), Carmelo Anthony (10), Yao Ming (8), Amar’e Stoudemire (6), Carlos Boozer (2), Manu Ginobili (2), Josh Howard (1), Chris Kaman (1) 

2005: LeBron James (16), Dwyane Wade (13), Chris Bosh (11), Carmelo Anthony (10), Dwight Howard (8), Luol Deng (2), Devin Harris (1), Josh Howard (1), Andre Iguodala (1), Kyle Korver (1)

2006: Chris Paul (10), Dwight Howard (8), Deron Williams (3), Luol Deng (2), David West (2), Danny Granger (1), Devin Harris (1), Andre Iguodala (1)

2007: Chris Paul (10), Paul Millsap (4), Brandon Roy (3), Deron Williams (3), David Lee (2), Andrew Bynum (1), Danny Granger (1)

2008: Kevin Durant (10), LaMarcus Aldridge (7), Al Horford (5), Paul Millsap (4), Rajon Rondo (4), Brandon Roy (3)

2009: Kevin Durant (10), Russell Westbrook (9), Al Horford (5), Marc Gasol (3), Derrick Rose (3), Brook Lopez (1)

2010: Russell Westbrook (9), James Harden (8), Stephen Curry (6), Kevin Love (5), Marc Gasol (3), Brook Lopez (1)

2011: James Harden (8), Stephen Curry (6), Blake Griffin (6), John Wall (5), DeMarcus Cousins (4), DeMar DeRozan (4), Jrue Holiday (1) 

2012: Paul George (6), Blake Griffin (6), Kyrie Irving (6), John Wall (5), DeMarcus Cousins (4), Kemba Walker (4), Gordon Hayward (1)

2013: Anthony Davis (7), Kyrie Irving (6), Damian Lillard (5), Klay Thompson (5), Kawhi Leonard (4), Kemba Walker (4), Bradley Beal (2), Andre Drummond (2), Isaiah Thomas (2), Nikola Vucevic (1)

2014: Anthony Davis (7), Damian Lillard (5), Giannis Antetokounmpo (4), Bradley Beal (2), Andre Drummond (2), Victor Oladipo (2) 

2015: Giannis Antetokounmpo (4), Victor Oladipo (2), Rudy Gobert (1)

2016: Nikola Jokic (2), Karl-Anthony Towns (2), Devin Booker (1), Kristaps Porzingis (1), D’Angelo Russell (1) 

2017: Nikola Jokic (2), Karl-Anthony Towns (2), Devin Booker (1), Brandon Ingram (1), Kristaps Porzingis (1), D’Angelo Russell (1), Domantas Sabonis (1)

2018: Joel Embiid (3), Ben Simmons (2), Brandon Ingram (1), Donovan Mitchell (1), Domantas Sabonis (1), Jayson Tatum (1)

2019: Ben Simmons (2), Luka Doncic (1), Donovan Mitchell (1), Jayson Tatum (1), Trae Young (1)

Related Photos
Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander smiles during introductions before an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Cleveland Cavaliers at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. Oklahoma City won 109-103. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

Oklahoma City's Shai Gilgeous-Alexander smiles during introductions before an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Cleveland Cavaliers at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. Oklahoma City won 109-103. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

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Joe Mussatto

Joe Mussatto joined The Oklahoman in August 2018 to cover OU football, men’s basketball and softball. He previously covered University of Kentucky football and basketball for SEC Country. Mussatto is from Oklahoma City and lives in Norman. Read more ›

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