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Heres Why Denvers Monte Morris Is A Legitimate Rising Stars Game Snub

Heres Why Denvers Monte Morris Is A Legitimate Rising Stars Game Snub
Published On: Fri, Feb 15
Apr 24, 2015; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks assistant coach Monte Mathis during the game against the Houston Rockets in game three of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

When NBA All-Star Weekend commences on Friday night in Charlotte, the MTN DEW ICE Rising Stars game will attract top billing, at least in the non-celebrity avenue of programming. In theory, the 20 best players in the rookie and sophomore classes will go head-to-head in a battle of youngsters with impressive trajectories.

For the most part, the selection process for that particular event doesna€™t draw a great deal of scrutiny. The 2019 edition will not feature Denver Nuggets point guard Monte Morris, however, and while that may not seem like a grave injustice, something went awry.

Morris has been a key cog for the thoroughly impressive Nuggets this season, appearing for more than 1,400 minutes as a rotation piece on a top-flight team. On Feb. 11, his head coach, Michael Malone, went to bat for him after a 17-point, 7-assist showing that helped Denver emerge victorious over the Miami Heat.

a€œI saw a guy who should be playing this weekend in Charlotte,a€ Malone said,A via Chris Dempsey of Nuggets.com. a€œHe should playing in the Rising Stars game. You cana€™t tell me there are that many players better than Morris.a€

Malonea€™s comments largely came and went, in part because Morris isna€™t exactly a household name. And even Malone might not be one for some NBA fans. For those paying close attention, however, the former Iowa State standout is worthy of recognition for the way he has played and, quite honestly, his performance isna€™t stunning when looking back to his roots.

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