Willie Cauley-Stein (NBA Rising Stars Game): It may be a bit premature, but it looks like Willie Cauley-Stein may have broken the Kings curse in drafting unproductive rookies. Since stepping onto the court as a professional player, Cauley-Stein has lived up to his role.
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When drafting the 7-foot rookie out of Kentucky, the Kings envisioned him being a defensive oriented player that showed a high level of energy on both ends of the court. Right now he has done that by averaging 5.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks a game while posting a PER of 15.98 (8th among rookies).
The play of Cauley-Stein has shown that he is one of the top rookies to come out of his draft class, and because of that, there should be no reason other than injury (knock on wood) that he should be invited to the NBA Rising Stars Game.
Last season, Ben McLemore was snubbed (in my opinion) from playing in the game of future stars. Hopefully, that is not the case for WCS.