Blazers' Roy, Sonics' Durant lead Sophomores and Rookies
Some would argue Brandon Roy is one of the best in the league, regardless of experience. In the deep Western Conference, he's not an All-Star starter, however. The Portland Trail Blazers star was then a lock to be chosen for the Rookie Challenge -- pitting the league's best second- and first-year players Feb. 15 in New Orleans.
On Wednesday, NBA.com revealed the squads, which were selected by NBA assistant coaches.
Forward LaMarcus Aldridge teams with fellow Blazer Roy on the sophomore squad, which also features Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Daniel Gibson, Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Farmar, Memphis Grizzlies forward Rudy Gay, Toronto Raptors forward Andrea Bargnani, and two Utah Jazz teammates, guard Ronnie Brewer and forward Paul Millsap.
Playing with Durant will be Atlanta Hawks forward Al Horford, Houston Rockets forward Luis Scola, Memphis Grizzlies guards Mike Conley and Juan Carlos Navarro, Milwaukee Bucks forward Yi Jianlian, New Jersey Nets center Sean Williams, and Raptors forward Jamario Moon,
Roy, who is averaging 19.4 points, 5.6 assists and 4.4 rebounds, could still be selected as an All-Star reserve on Thursday night. Any player selected to both squads will be eligible to play in both games, but Roy indicated after Wednesday's loss to the Cavaliers that he would skip the rookie game if he was selected as an All-Star reserve.
The lead assistants for the Feb. 17 All-Star Game will coach the Rookie-Sophomore contest (TNT, ESPN Radio).