Be patient, rookie. Simmons will likely get his chance someday.
Rogers said this rookie class is helping re-define the style of play in the National Basketball Association.
"I'm going to throw it out there, I like the whole Grant Hill and Jason Kidd co-rookie of the years", Miller said.
"LeBron didn't make it and I think the last one was Blake (Griffin in 2011)".
There was talk that Fox might have to miss the Mtn Dew Kickstart Rising Stars game tonight (9 ET, TNT) at NBA All-Star 2018 in Los Angeles. Second-year forward Brandon Ingram, started for Team USA, scoring eight points in 12:07. He is averaging 11.8 points per game. Overall, Team World connected on 23 of their 56 attempts from three-point land, a blistering mark compared to Team USA's 11-of-40. The fans also roared for Lonzo Ball, who was selected for the USA roster but unable to play due to his lingering knee injury.
- U.S.: Kris Dunn (Chicago), John Collins and Taurean Prince (Atlanta) and De'Aaron Fox (Sacramento).
The youngsters are winning games and admirers with skills well beyond their years. "It's not something I'm holding on to", he said.
"Can I ask the first question?"
The only guys who don't seem impressed are the players themselves.
The Philly guard began the contest with two points, three assists, a steal and a rebound in the first 7 minutes of the clash. "But we didn't bet, so I didn't get some extra money".
Hield, who is from the Bahamas, will be sorry to see the end of his eligibility for this game, in which he scored 28 points last season in New Orleans as a rookie with the Pelicans.
"It's pretty cool any time you're mentioned with guys that are Hall of Famers or very important to this game's history", Kuzma said. "If you don't have that confidence then you shouldn't be playing really".
Star power - It's pretty clear just what an advantage in star power Team World has. The 76ers have won five straight and look like a playoff team after a few dismal years.
Shooting - Sadly, even the shooting edge is in Team World's favor. "There's a shooting thing inside there, so hopefully, I knock it out on the first shot, but it's something to embrace".
Once he did, his game - and the Jazz - took off. But before 24 of the league's best take the court on Sunday, the celebrity game and Rising Stars Challenge took center stage on Friday evening.