Feb 04, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (9) shoots during the second quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

All-Star Weekend 2013: Orlando Magic Center Nikola Vucevic Selected to Team Chuck for Rising Stars Challenge

When a guy grabs 26 rebounds against a team, even the Miami Heat, people take notice.

Nikola Vucevic was selected No. 14 in the Rising Stars draft, and Charles Barkley praised Vucevic’s play.

“People, they don’t even know who Nikola Vucevic is because we’re putting the Orlando Magic on TV.  I made an executive decision: we’re not shown’ them on TV all year.

Joining Vucevic on Team Chuck is Washington Wizards 2-guard Bradley Beal, Kentucky product Anthony Davis, the “Manimal” Kenneth Faried of the Nuggets, Pistons speedster Brandon Knight, San Antonio’s defensive juggernaut Kawhi Leonard, the dynamic Ricky Rubio, Timberwolves guard Alexey Shved, Isaiah Thomas of Sacramento, and power forward Tristan Thompson of the Cavs.

Team Shaq will be Golden State rookie Harrison Barnes, youngster Andre Drummond, Kyrie Irving of the Cavs, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist of Charlotte, Damian Lillard of The Blazers, Chandler Parsons of the Houston Rockets, Warriors swingman Klay Thompson, Cleveland’s Dion Waiters, Bobcats Kemba Walker, and Cavs big man Tyler Zeller.

Vucevic was the second-to-last big man drafted.

Selected in front of Nik:

Anthony Davis (2)

Kenneth Faried (4)

Andre Drummond (5)

Tristan Thompson (12)

Vucevic is the fifth player in Orlando Magic history to play in the rookie game.  The previous participants were Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway, Miami Heat swingman Mike Miller, Dwight Howard and Magic point guard Jameer Nelson.

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