Sacramento Kings rookie Ben McLemore was not named to the Rising Stars Challenge (though technically still could be a late addition) nor was DeMarcus Cousins named to the Western Conference’s All-Star team (though could be added as an injury replacement).
Barring a last second change, it did not appear the Kings would have any representatives in New Orleans for the 2014 All-Star game. But it seems the former Kansas Jayhawk will be making his way to the Big Easy after all as it’s being reported McLemore will be named as a participate in the Slam Dunk contest.
Rumors began to leak after the Kings victory over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday evening that McLemore would be joining the festivities, but it was a confirmation from Sam Amick that took the rumor to another level.
Genuinely intrigued by this year's Slam Dunk contest, & naming Kings' Ben McLemore a sleeper. Been told he's in – https://t.co/tpGBmX4lyk
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) February 6, 2014
The NBA will make an official announcement on the participants Thursday evening, but it appears Ben McLemore will be representing the Kings at All-Star weekend. That should increase his odds of playing in the Rising Stars Challenge if there is an injury considering he’ll already be in Louisiana.