As the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, it would have been more shocking for New Orleans’ Anthony Davis to not make the Rising Stars Game during All-Star weekend than to make it.
Good thing Davis isn’t up for surprises.
He’ll participate in tonight’s game, which pits 20 of the league’s best rookies and second-year players against each other.
It’s just the next step in the evolution of Davis, who has already been a part of an NCAA national championship team and an Olympic gold medal performance.
But Davis isn’t looking for a life-altering experience. Instead, he’s expecting a more relaxed time.
“I get to be back with some teammates…guys I know who were on AAU circuit who are rookies as well,” Davis said. “Just share that time with them. Just go out there and have fun. It’s no big deal if you win or lose.”
Davis will join Minnesota’s Ricky Rubio, Washington’s Bradley Beal and Detroit’s Brandon Knight, among others, playing against Portland’s Damian Lillard, Golden State’s Harrison Barnes and Charlotte’s Kemba Walker (among others).
Davis’ coach Monty Williams, meanwhile, isn’t quite sure what his young pupil will get out of the game. He’s just hoping that Davis runs into some of the legends of the game.
“When you walk around, you see Bill Russell and people like that,” Williams said. “I’m sure those people will have an opportunity to grab AD and impart some wisdom to him.”