Rookie Challenge Players Announced; but no Pacers?!

The selections for the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge have been announced, and there’s not a Pacers player in sight!

What?  I hear you say.  No Roy Hibbert, no Brandon Rush, no Tyler Hansbrough and no AJ Price?

No.  But do they deserve to be there?

No.

Take a look at the teams and their respective stats for the season:

Rookies Games Minutes Points Rebounds Assists
Tyreke Evans 40 37.1 20.8 4.8 4.9
DeJuan Blair 43 18.3 7.1 6.6 0.7
James Harden 44 23.1 9.9 3.3 2.2
Jonny Flynn 46 29.8 14.2 2.4 4.3
Brandon Jennings 43 34.3 17.7 3.6 6.3
Stephen Curry 43 34.1 14.0 4.0 4.5
Jonas Jerebko 41 27.8 8.4 5.4 0.7
Taj Gibson 43 24.5 8.5 6.3 0.6
Omri Casspi 42 27.6 12.2 4.8 1.4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sophomores Games Minutes Points Rebounds Assists
Derrick Rose 43 36.3 19.6 3.7 5.9
Michael Beasley 44 32.1 16.2 6.8 1.3
Eric Gordon 32 35.5 17.0 2.5 2.9
Kevin Love 26 30.3 14.8 11.9 2.6
Brooke Lopez 43 36.2 19.0 9.4 2.2
Danillo Gallinari 43 31.8 14.6 4.8 1.6
Russell Westbrook 44 35.0 15.9 4.9 7.3
Marc Gasol 43 35.4 14.9 9.6 2.2
OJ Mayo 43 38.4 18.1 3.8 3.2

 

 

 

 

Now look at the numbers for the four Pacers who missed out.

Pacers Games Minutes Points Rebounds Assists
Tyler Hansbrough 29 17.6 8.5 4.8 1.0
AJ Price 26 14.7 7.2 1.5 1.8
Brandon Rush 45 27.8 8.3 4.0 1.2
Roy Hibbert 45 23.6 10.9 5.8 1.8

 

 

 

 

 

You could have perhaps made a case for Hansbrough, but he has missed a large chunk of the season due to a nagging ear infection.  As for Brandon Rush and Roy Hibbert, there’s just comparison with the top sophomores in the league at the moment.

Note that the contestants are selected by the NBA’s assistance coaches, with each team submitting one vote.

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