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.
No game to be played this year but still well deserved #NBAAllStar Rising Stars recognition for @raf_tyler and @PreciousAchiuwa!— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) March 3, 2021
Congrats guys pic.twitter.com/F4gEo3jxfK
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.
Precious Achiuwa has become the first player in NBA history to post 14 points, 7 rebounds, 1 block & 1 steal in 12 minutes or less, per @Stathead.#HEATTwitter pic.twitter.com/XDE2bDERg5— Simon Smith (@SimonSperling) March 1, 2021
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.