NBA ALL-STAR ROOKIES GAMES HISTORY
When the NBA All-Star Legends Game finished in the 1993 edition, the NBA organization decided to make a radical change in the All-Star Weekend, and they introduced the
Rookies Game in 1994.
This game was like the All-Star Game, but only rookie players (first year in NBA) could play.
In the first 2 editions teams had his own names (Sensations, Phenoms, Green,
White) but in 1996 the names changed to the traditional East vs West pattern.
Starting on 2000 the Rookies Game changed
to the Rookie Challenge. This idea appeared to give a second chance to the 1999 rookies. In the lock-out season, the All-Star Weekend was
canceled, and the rookies missed their chance to play.
In 2012, NBA
changed again how the teams for this game are arranged, introducing the NBA
Rising Stars Challenge. Shaquille O'Neal and
Charles Barkley drafted from a pool of Rookies and Sophomores, for the first
time these young players can share team. Team CHUCK won the first two editions
of the NBA Rising Stars
Rosters are smaller than the
All-Star Game teams (9 players) and the length of the game is shorter too,
with two 20-minutes halves.
With the last Rookie Challenge
format, the Sophomores (second year players) dominate the Rookies by a 8-4
margin. Check the full results for more
RISING STARS CHALLENGE YEAR BY YEAR
ROOKIE GAME / ROOKIE CHALLENGE LISTS:
COACHES - RESULTS -
ROSTERS - MVP