BOSTON - No surprise here.
76ers point guard Michael Carter-Williams was selected Wednesday to participate in the 2014 Rising Stars Challenge. The game features a mixture of the NBA's top rookies and second-year players. It will be played Feb. 14 during All-Star Game weekend in New Orleans.
Carter-Williams led all rookies in scoring (17.3 points per game), assists (6.5), rebounds (5.7), and steals (2.45) heading into Wednesday's game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. The 6-foot-6 guard is the leading candidate to be rookie of the year.
"I think his numbers confirm he's special," coach Brett Brown said.
One could argue that Tony Wroten also deserves to play in the game. The Sixers' sixth man was averaging 12.9 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 3.2 assists entering Wednesday's game. The second-year player made his first career start against Houston on Nov. 13. He finished with 18 points, 11 assists, and 10 rebounds to become the first player to record a triple-double in his first start, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.