Some people will argue that Derrick Rose was snubbed for the All Star game, but at least there is at least one Pistons player getting the recognition he deserves. Although it isn’t at the All Star game, Svi Mykhailiuk will represent the Pistons and the World team at the Rising Stars Game.
Luka Doncic, Zion Williamson and Trae Young headline NBA Rising Stars Game at All-Star Weekend in Chicago. Rosters here: pic.twitter.com/9kUBC3lFqG— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 31, 2020
Although he started out the season a bit slow due to not having a consistent spot in the rotation, Svi has come on strong as of late. He was given a spot in the rotation due to injuries, and will continue to be a rotation player if everybody ever gets fully healthy because of his strong play as of late.
Over the last 10 games, he is averaging 14.1 points with shooting splits of 48/42/95. He is only averaging a modest 8.7 points on the season, but he has been one of the best shooters in the league, shooting 43 percent from beyond the arc on 4.8 attempts per game.
Casual NBA observers will scoff at the selection of Svi for this game, but his stats show he is the true definition of a “Rising Star.” It also helps that he is an international player, despite playing his college ball at Kansas, and there are not a ton of standout first or second year international players. There is Luka Doncic, of course, but most of the other good international players were born in Canada and have basically played all of their basketball in the United States.
It would have been nice to see Sekou Doumbouya included in this game, but he has not played enough games this year, and has fallen off a bit as of late. Of course, Zion Williamson made the USA Team despite only playing a whopping four games, but he also has a lot more hype being the number one overall pick.
This season has been a depressing one for the Pistons, but seeing players like Svi step up and get recognized for it is a great sight to see.