Rising Stars live updates: NBA All Star, Zion Williamson, scores, video
Zion Williamson has taken the basketball world by storm and etched his name into the record books throughout his opening 10 games.
But ahead of the NBA All-Star Weekend and the Rising Stars contest, the superstar’s popularity was put into incredible contrast.
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As all of the young NBA stars sat in booths for their media duties, the hoards of global reporters swarmed to get their questions in.
The 19-year-old sensation had what looked like every single reporter clamouring to get a shot and ask the New Orleans Pelicans first pick a question.
Another superstar in the contest is Dallas Mavericks second year player Luka Doncic who drew a similar sized to Zion.
You have to feel for Minnesota Timberwolves player Josh Okogie who was positioned alongside Doncic and had only a handful of reporters in front of him asking questions.
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The action was similar to every other All-Star Game that has come and gone in the past, with minimal defense and monster throwdowns the flavour.
Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young drew the early oohs and aahs when he went through the legs of Brandon Clarke.
But the hook up everyone was waiting for finally happened halfway through the opening term when the two biggest rookies in the NBA connected.
Ja Morant threw up a halfcourt alley-oop to Zion Williamson who rose up and threw it down, getting the crowd up and out of their seats.
Miles Bridges — Charlotte Hornets, forward
Devonte’ Graham — Charlotte Hornets, guard
Jaren Jackson Jr. — Memphis Grizzlies, forward
Ja Morant — Memphis Grizzlies, guard
Kendrick Nunn — Miami Heat, guard
Eric Paschall — Golden State Warriors, forward
Colin Sexton — Cleveland Cavaliers, guard
PJ Washington — Charlotte Hornets, forward
Zion Williamson — New Orleans Pelicans, forward
Trae Young — Atlanta Hawks, guard
Nickeil Alexander-Walker — New Orleans Pelicans, guard
RJ Barrett — New York Knicks, guard
Brandon Clarke — Memphis Grizzlies, forward
Luka Doncic — Dallas Mavericks, guard
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander — Oklahoma City Thunder, guard
Rui Hachimura — Washington Wizards, forward
Nicolo Melli — New Orleans Pelicans, center
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk — Detroit Pistons, forward
Josh Okogie — Minnesota Timberwolves, guard
Moritz Wagner — Washington Wizards, forward
Originally published as Image shows off NBA freak’s appeal