Indiana Pacers guard Paul George will be all over All-Star weekend until the actual All-Star game (give him some time). After learning that he would be part of the Sprite Slam Dunk Competition, PG's name was called in the draft for the BBVA Rising Stars game played on All-Star Friday night.
TNT's Charles Barkley and Shaquille O'Neal conducted the draft from a pool of rookies and second-year players including PG. The Hall of Famers each took a big man and a point guard with their first two picks and then after Shaq added Ricky Rubio in the third round, Barkley jumped at the chance to take PG.
"This could not work out any better," Barkley said after Shaq chose Rubio. "I'm going with Paul George of the Indiana Pacers."
PG was considered a flex player able to fill a front court or back court spot in the draft. Barkley and Shaq drafted as team GM's with Mike Fratello coaching Barkley's team and Steve Kerr on the sidelines for Shaq's team. Should be a fun event to let PG spread his wings and fly. Here are the rosters:
Kyrie Irving – Cleveland Cavaliers (Rookie)
DeMarcus Cousins – Sacramento Kings (Sophomore)
Paul George – Indiana Pacers (Sophomore)
Derrick Williams – Minnesota Timberwolves (Rookie)
MarShon Brooks – New Jersey Nets (Rookie)
John Wall – Washington Wizards (Sophomore)
Gordon Hayward – Utah Jazz (Sophomore)
Tiago Splitter – San Antonio Spurs (Sophomore)
Kawhi Leonard – San Antonio Spurs (Rookie)
Evan Turner – Philadelphia 76ers (Sophomore)
Blake Griffin – Los Angeles Clippers (Sophomore)
Jeremy Lin – New York Knicks (Sophomore)
Ricky Rubio – Minnesota Timberwolves (Rookie)
Greg Monroe – Detroit Pistons (Sophomore)
Markieff Morris – Phoenix Suns (Rookie)
Kemba Walker – Charlotte Bobcats (Rookie)
Landry Fields – New York Knicks (Sophomore)
Norris Cole – Miami Heat (Rookie)
Brandon Knight – Detroit Pistons (Rookie)
Tristan Thompson – Cleveland Cavaliers (Rookie)