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NBA ALL-STAR ROOKIES GAMES HISTORY

When the NBA All-Star Legends Game finished in the 1993 edition, the NBA organization decided to make a radical change in the All-Star Weekend, and they introduced the Rookies Game in 1994.

This game was like the All-Star Game, but only rookie players (first year in NBA) could play. In the first 2 editions teams had his own names (Sensations, Phenoms, Green, White) but in 1996 the names changed to the traditional East vs West pattern.

Starting on 2000 the Rookies Game changed to the Rookie Challenge. This idea appeared to give a second chance to the 1999 rookies. In the lock-out season, the All-Star Weekend was canceled, and the rookies missed their chance to play.

In 2012, NBA changed again how the teams for this game are arranged, introducing the NBA Rising Stars Challenge. Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley drafted from a pool of Rookies and Sophomores, for the first time these young players can share team. Team CHUCK won the first two editions of the NBA Rising Stars Challenge, and Team HILL (Grant) the third edition.
In 2014 Chris Webber and Grant Hill were in charge of put together the teams.

Rosters are smaller than the All-Star Game teams (9 players) and the length of the game is shorter too, with two 20-minutes halves.

With the last Rookie Challenge format, the Sophomores (second year players) dominate the Rookies by a 8-4 margin. Check the full results for more details.

In 2015, the NBA included a new format for the NBA Rising Stars Game: Teams USA vs Team World. Team World won the first game and Team USA the second.

NBA RISING STARS CHALLENGE YEAR BY YEAR
2016 2015 2014 2013 2012

NBA ALL-STAR ROOKIE CHALLENGE YEAR BY YEAR
2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006
2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000

NBA ALL-STAR ROOKIE GAMES YEAR BY YEAR
1998 1997 1996 1995 1994


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