Posted Feb 4 2010 10:59AM
Will this be the year the Rookies break through in the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge? The Sophomores have won seven in a row over the first-year players, but the rookies may have the firepower with a talented crop of young guards.
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What: T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam
When: Friday, Feb. 12, 9 p.m. ET
Where: American Airlines Center
|Rookie Team roster|
|Head Coach - TBD|
Assistant Coach TBD
|Sophomore Team roster|
|Head Coach TBD|
Assistant Coach TBD
Nine first year players (Rookies) and nine second year players (Sophomores) will be selected to participate.
Coaches for the Rookie Challenge teams will be chosen from the assistant coaches of the All-Star teams.
• Two twenty minute halves will be played.
• Each team will have one full timeout per half. However, two mandatory team timeouts for TV will be called each half (under the 10:00 and 5:00 marks). Teams will lose their full timeout if they do not call it before the 10:00 and 5:00 marks (under 10 charged to Rookies, under 5 charged to Sophomores).
• There will also be one mandatory TV timeout (charged to officials) at the under 15:00 mark in each half.
• Each team will also have one :20 second timeout per half.
• Individual fouls will be kept, but a player will not foul out.
• The penalty will apply after ten team fouls or after the second foul in the final two minutes of each half.
• The clock will stop after each successful field goal in the last minute of each half.
• In the event of a tie game at the end of regulation, a 2-minute overtime period will be played.
• The Sophomores will be considered the "home" team.
• An MVP award will be given out at the conclusion of the game.
2009: Durant keeps Sophomore streak alive
Kevin Durant scored a Rookie Challenge record 46 points on 17-for-25 shooting and was named MVP as he almost single-handedly sent the Sophomores to a 122-116 win at the U.S. Airways Center.
|Previous T-Mobile Rookie Challenge Results|
"I play with the guy, I see him do it every night," said Jeff Green. "He's a tremendous player."
He scored easily on everything from drives, to dunks, to catch-and-shoots off of curl screens to an array of three-pointers from every angle beyond the arc.
Even though Durant wore flashy neon orange sneakers during the game, he was nothing but humble afterward saying how much it meant to him to set the record with his parents and grandmother in the stands.
"I had a blast," Durant said. "I'm just happy I'm here and I'm glad I won MVP ... to have Jeff [Green] and Russell [Westbrook] there to watch me hoist the trophy felt great. It shines a lot of light on the organization."
2008: Gibson's triples lifts Sophomores
Sophomore sharpshooter Daniel Gibson gave the Rookies 11 good reasons why experience pays off. The Cavs' combo guard nailed a record 11 3-pointers in his 20 attempts and scored 33 points as the Sophomores beat the Rookies 136-109 in the 2008 T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam at New Orleans Arena. The Sophmores' victory was their sixth straight over the Rookies.
2007: Lee perfect in Sophomore win
David Lee hit all 14 of his field-goal attempts for a game-high 30 points as the Sophomore beat the Rookies for the fifth consecutive year, 155-114. Lee, who added 11 rebounds and four assists, took home MVP of the 2007 T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam. Chris Paul notched rookie-game records of 17 assists and nine steals to go with 16 points. Rudy Gay and Paul Millsap paced the Rookie squad with 22 points apiece.
2006: Iguodala emerges as Sophs roll
Philadelphia's Andre Iguodala notched 24 of his game-high 30 points in the second half as the Sophomores topped the Rookies 106-96 in the 2006 T-Mobile Rookie Challenge in Houston. Iguodala, the game's Most Valuable Player, made 13-of-17 from the field and added six rebounds, four steals and three assists.
2005: Carmelo carries Sophomores
On his way to MVP honors, hometown favorite Carmelo Anthony scored 19 of his game-high 31 points in the second half to power the Sophomores to a 133-106 win over the Rookies.
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