Today the NBA announced who would be participating in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge, the former Rookie vs Sophomore game. The Heat have no second year players that deserve to play, but they do have one special rookie who didn’t get chosen. That rookie is energetic point guard Norris Cole.
Of course the NBA will choose rising stars Ricky Rubio and Kyrie Irving, but is it fair to say that Brandon Knight is a better point guard than Cole? Yes, he is the face of the Pistons now, but on the season he is playing better than Norris? Knight averages 32 minutes a game compared to Cole’s 20. In 12 extra minutes a night, Knight only averages 4 points, an assist, and a rebound more.
The NBA just wants to have as many big names as they can in the game and that’s why Norris Cole wasn’t selected. He is a late 1st round draft pick out of Cleveland State and wouldn’t give the league another big name to put in the game. His play has also dropped recently and he has been shooting erratically, but make no mistake, Norris Cole will be in an All-Star Game one day. It is just a shame that the Heat have no one representing them in this game.