The next generation of Australian Boomers are making waves as Josh Giddey and Dyson Daniels were both named to play in the Rising Stars exhibition matches during the All-Star weekend in Cleveland, later this month.
The duo will join 26 other league rookies in the new and improved Rising Stars format which will see the group divided into four teams to play in three matches along with skill-based challenges.
In a record-breaking rookie year, Giddey has only been on an upward trend. To open his 2022 year, he became the youngest player in NBA history to score a triple-double and even more recently broke the Oklahoma City Thunder’s record for most double-doubles to be recorded in a rookie year (11).
Josh Giddey has been named a #NBAAlIStar Rising Star! 🌟
Watch the 3-game tournament on Friday, February 18. pic.twitter.com/E7ZZjuWay7
— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) February 2, 2022
Putting together an eye-catching string of performances in the NBA G-League, Daniels is putting his best foot forward with the hope of earning himself a spot on an NBA list at the draft later this year.
The results are in! 🗳️ The four #GLeagueIgnite players selected by NBA G League head coaches to participate in #CloroxRisingStars are MarJon Beauchamp, Dyson Daniels, Jaden Hardy & Scoot Henderson! Later this week, each will be drafted onto one of four seven-player teams 🌟 pic.twitter.com/qh1jk4enhW
— NBA G League (@nbagleague) February 2, 2022
The pair will now join the likes of Matthew Dellavedova, Andrew Bogut, Dante Exum and Ben Simmons as the only Australians to ever play in the All-Star event.
“The whole team at the CoE and the NBA Global Academy are excited for Josh and Dyson to have this opportunity and on such a big stage,” BA’s Centre of Excellence Men’s Coach, Robbie McKinlay told BA Media.
“They’ve both worked so hard to be in this position and we’ll all enjoy watching them come All-Star weekend.”
The All-Star weekend will take place on the 19-20 of February.