The Philadelphia 76ers may be well represented at the 2014 Rising Stars Challenge. The rookie may be called to participate because of his rookie-leading field goal shooting. No, the player isn’t Michael Carter-Williams. It’s his teammate Hollis Thompson.
Thompson is bordering the final spot for the big rookie game during NBA All-Star Weekend. His numbers aren’t quite as big as Carter-Williams, but he’s posting decent stats and has even started many games. He will just need to post some solid numbers in the upcoming week if he is going to play in the game.
The undrafted shooting guard from Georgetown University has been a decent role player for the Sixers. He was signed eventually by the Oklahoma City Thunder before last season’s opener and played in the D-League before getting signed by the Sixers.
He has been somewhat a surprise for the team in rebuilding mode. His numbers don’t indicate how well he’s playing. Thompson recorded his best game in a recent loss to the Toronto Raptors, where he scored 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds while shooting 85.7 from the field.
Besides leading all rookies in field goal percentage, Thompson is among the rookie leaders in scoring, three-point percentage, rebounding and steals per game. He’s averaging six points, 3.5 rebounds and shooting 47.2 percent from the field.
The Rising Stars Challenge will feature two teams consisting of the league’s top rookies and sophomores who will be selected by a designated manager for both teams. The game will have 10 rookies and 10 sophomores.
Thompson’s teammate Carter-Williams will most likely be the first rookie selected. Milwaukee Bucks rookie Nate Wolters produces similar stats, but may not get the call as his production has dwindled recently. He also had a minor injury against the Cleveland Cavaliers Friday night.