Four Cavs Picked for All-Star Festivities
CLEVELAND– Kyrie Irving will have lots of company when he travels to Houston for the NBA All-Star game festivities.
The Cavaliers point guard and the reigning NBA Rookie of the Year was selected along with teammates Tristan Thompson and rookies Dion Waiters and Tyler Zeller to play in next month’s Rising Stars Challenge during All-Star activities in Houston.
“We’re very proud of Kyrie, Tristan, Dion and Tyler and the efforts they are putting in to earn this kind of recognition. Internal growth with our young core is very important to us and this is a good reflection of their development,” said Cavaliers General Manager Chris Grant.
Irving was named MVP of the Rising Stars game last season, scoring 34 points and making all eight 3-pointers.
Irving has already been picked as an All-Star reserve, and he could start for the Eastern Conference because of a season-ending injury to Boston’s Rajon Rondo.
Irving, has appeared in 35 games this season and currently ranks sixth in the league (first among point guards) in scoring averaging 23.9 on .470 shooting, to go along with 3.6 rebounds and 5.5 assists in 35.7 minutes per game.
Also, the Cavs assigned forward Kevin Jones to their Canton affiliate in the NBA Development League on Wednesday.