The NBA's Rising Stars Challenge -- formerly the Rookie-Sophomore game -- is less a game than a collection of dunks and attempted dunks, no-look passes and botched no-look passes, three-pointers and errant three-pointers. We've trimmed the fat to bring you the night's best moments of the World team's 121-112 win over USA without all the filler.
Mason Plumlee would like to file his official paperwork for a change in position. Some players were just born to run point:
Most of All-Star weekend exists in a surreal state of almost-NBA-basketball -- similar enough in form though so different in function. Never is that more apparent than when a dunk as impressive as this lands so casually:
Behold, the miracle of human flight:
This isn't exactly the forum for your attempts at pump-faking a defender into a three-shot foul, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope:
The Rising Stars Challenge sets itself apart from even the All-Star game by the sheer number of highlight attempts that go nowhere at all. I give you Trey Burke's utterly brilliant lob to no one in particular:
Here, for posterity's sake, we record a rare bit of All-Star weekend defense courtesy of Giannis Antetokounmpo. Bonus points for the World team converting it into instant offense:
Before the game had calibrated into an inevitable highlight free-for-all, Gobert gave Oladipo a bit more than he bargained for on this and-one finish at the rim: