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NBA All-Star Weekend: Blake Griffin, T-Mobile Rookie Challenge Highlight Friday Action

The 2011 NBA All-Star weekend kicks off in full force today. There are two games at Staples Center today, culminating in the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge, which pits first-year players against second-year players. Because Blake Griffin of the co-host Los Angeles Clippers was injured and missed all of last season, this is technically his rookie year, which puts him on the first-year team and gives them two consecutive No. 1 overall picks, with John Wall of the Washington Wizards. This begins a whirlwind weekend for Griffin, who is competing in three events in three days this weekend.

Here are the details of tonight's rookie challenge:

When: 6 p.m. PST

Television: TNT


First-Year Team

  • Guard: Eric Bledsoe, Clippers
  • Center: DeMarcus Cousins, Kings
  • Forward: Derrick Favors, Nets
  • Guard: Landry Fields, Knicks
  • Forward: Blake Griffin, Clippers
  • Guard: Wesley Johnson, Timberwolves
  • Center: Greg Monroe, Pistons
  • Guard: Gary Neal, Spurs
  • Guard: John Wall, Wizards
  • Coaches: Mike Budenholzer, Amare Stoudemire, Kevin McHale

Second-Year Team

  • Center: DeJuan Blair, Spurs
  • Guard: DeMar DeRozan, Raptors
  • Guard: Stephen Curry, Warriors
  • Forward: Taj Gibson, Bulls
  • Guard: James Harden, Thunder
  • Guard: Jrue Holiday, 76ers
  • Forward/Center: Serge Ibaka, Thunder
  • Guard: Brandon Jennings, Bucks
  • Guard: Wesley Matthews, Trail Blazers
  • Coaches: Lawrence Frank, Carmelo Anthony, Steve Kerr

Tyreke Evans, who was MVP as a rookie of last year's Rookie Challenge, was selected for the second-year team this year but is injured and will not play. He was replaced by James Harden.