NEW YORK -- No. 1 draft pick Andrea Bargnani of Toronto will
lead the rookie team trying to snap a four-game losing streak
against the sophomores in the Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam at
Fellow Rookie of the Year candidates Brandon Roy and Adam
Morrison were also on the team of first-year players announced
Roy was leading all rookies with 14.5 points per game going into
Wednesday night's game against the Denver Nuggets. He was also
averaging 4.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 32.5 minutes.
Roy is the first Blazer to participate in All-Star weekend since
2001, when Rasheed Wallace was an All-Star reserve.
The rookie, last season's Pac-10 player of the year while
finishing his senior season at Washington, was acquired in a
draft-day trade. The Minnesota Timberwolves selected him sixth
Point guards Chris Paul, the reigning Rookie of the Year, Utah's
Deron Williams and Raymond Felton of Charlotte were picked for the
sophomores. New York's David Lee, Indiana's Danny Granger and Monta
Ellis of Golden State, all having strong second seasons, will also
The game will be played Feb. 16 at UNLV's Thomas & Mack Center.
The sophomores beat the rookies 106-96 last year behind 30 points
from Andre Iguodala for their fourth straight victory.