The NBA’s condensed All-Star weekend won’t feature a Rising Stars game this season, but the league still named players for the honor. And just like last year, two Miami Heat players made the cut.
Second-year player Tyler Herro and rookie Precious Achiuwa made the Rising Stars team. Last year, Herro and Kendrick Nunn made the Rising Stars team and both made the All-Rookie team.
Just weeks after being drafted, Achiuwa slotted into the role of Bam Adebayo’s backup and filled in admirably. Just Sunday, he made history with a prolific stat line in just 12 minutes.
Herro started the season as Miami’s starting point guard, but has since settled into a more comfortable role as a scorer off the bench.
It seems strange for Nunn not to make the team this year. He’s improved on his overall and 3-point field goal shooting from his rookie season. Perhaps Nunn’s early-season struggles — which at times relegated him to be outside the rotation — worked against him in the voting.