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Irving will participate in 3-point shootout, play on Team Shaq during All-Star weekend

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 7, 2013
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Kyrie Irving will participate in the 3-point shootout in addition to the Rising Stars challenge and the All-Star game. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

Kyrie Irving was one of six players selected for the 3-point shootout during All-Star weekend. In a bit of a surprise, he was selected third overall in the draft between Team Shaq and Team Chuck for the Rising Stars game.

Irving will now participate in the Rising Stars game on Friday, the 3-point shootout on Saturday and the All-Star game on Sunday.

Irving is shooting .429 on 3-pointers this season, tied for ninth in the league. He will compete against the Knicks' Steve Novak, the Pacers' Paul George, the Hornets' Ryan Anderson, the Spurs' Matt Bonner and the Warriors' Stephen Curry. 

Irving falling to third in the Rising Stars draft was a bit of a surprise, but the possibility he may not play heavy minutes due to his obligations on Sunday may have played a role. 

Irving played for Team Chuck last year when he won the MVP award. He will be joined on Team Shaq by teammates Dion Waiters and Tyler Zeller. Waiters was selected 13th overall, while Zeller went undrafted and was assigned to Team Shaq on a blind draw. Tristan Thompson was the 12th overall pick to Team Charles.

The full rosters for the Rising Stars game are:

Team Shaq -- Damian Lillard, Kyrie Irving, Andre Drummond, Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes, Chandler Parsons, Dion Waiters, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Tyler Zeller, Kemba Walker.

Team Chuck -- Anthony Davis, Kenneth Faried, Kawhi Leonard, Bradley Beal, Ricky Rubio, Tristan Thompson, Nikola Vucevic, Brandon Knight, Isaiah Thomas, Alexy Shved

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