2011: Derrick Favors
Rookie forward Derrick Favors, selected for the 2011 Rising Stars Challenge, made it six straight years a member of the New Jersey Nets was picked for the annual showcase of young talent.
Favors played for the Rookies in what would be the final year of the Rookies vs. Sophomores format. He came off the bench to score nine points with an assist in 17 minutes, going 4-for-6 from the floor.
The 148-140 win by the Rookies was the second straight year the first-year players won after the Sophomores had dominated with seven consecutive wins.
John Wall of the Washington Wizards was named MVP at Staples Center in Los Angeles, leading the Rookies to the win with 12 points and a record 22 assists, a mark that still stands.
Favors was also selected to the Rising Stars Challenge in 2012, but as a member of the Utah Jazz after he was traded by New Jersey in the deadline deal in 2011 that brought Deron Williams to the Nets.
2010: Brook Lopez
Second-year center Brook Lopez of the New Jersey Nets made his second straight appearance in the Rising Stars Challenge, this time with the Sophomores, and got the start at center.
In 22 minutes in the game at Dallas’ American Airlines Center, Lopez was quiet, scoring six points with seven rebounds, two steals and a block on 3-of-5 shooting.
But it was the Rookies who snapped a string of seven straight wins in the game by the Sophomores, pulling out a 140-128 win behind MVP Tyreke Evans of the Sacramento Kings, who had 26 points and five steals.