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Jimmy Butler Snubbed in Rising Stars Challenge

The Bulls swingman won't be participating in the annual rookie/sophomore game at All-Star Weekend in Houston

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    Despite campaigning and lobbying on the part of his teammates, it looks like Jimmy Butler won’t be joining Luol Deng and Joakim Noah during the All-Star festivities in Houston next month. On Wednesday, the NBA announced the rosters for the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge (or rookie vs. sophomores game, if you prefer) and the second year Bulls player from Marquette was a noticeable omission.

    Butler is having the best year in his still very short career. He has increased his stats in very single category and did an incredible job as starter when Luol Deng fell to injury. Overall, whether starting or coming off the bench, Butler is a key member of Tom Thibodeau’s rotation and one of the reasons the Bulls are 27-17 without Derrick Rose.

    Although he never said so publicly, Butler would have liked to participate in the event, especially considering he’s from the Houston area. Here’s a look at the players who were selected to play in the game, including Chicago’s Anthony Davis.

    Rookies
    Harrison Barnes – Golden State Warriors
    Bradley Beal – Washington Wizards
    Anthony Davis – New Orleans Hornets
    Andre Drummond – Detroit Pistons
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist – Charlotte Bobcats
    Damian Lillard – Portland Trailblazers
    Alexey Shved – Minnesota Timberwolves
    Dion Waiters – Cleveland Cavaliers
    Tyler Zeller – Cleveland Cavaliers

    Sophomores
    Kenneth Faried – Denver Nuggets
    Kyrie Irving – Cleveland Cavaliers (also selected to play in the All-Star Game)
    Brandon Knight – Detroit Pistons
    Kawhi Leonard – San Antonio Spurs
    Chandler Parsons – Houston Rockets
    Klay Thompson – Golden State Warriors
    Tristan Thompson – Cleveland Cavaliers
    Nikola Vucevic – Orlando Magic
    Kemba Walker – Charlotte Bobcats

    The 2013 BBVA Rising Stars Challenge will be played Friday, Feb. 15, and televised live nationally on TNT at 9 p.m. ET and broadcast live on ESPN Radio, with live audio also available on NBA.com.

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