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NBA All-Star Rookie Sophomore Game History

The league unveils a new format for 2012


Updated February 08, 2012
The NBA added a showcase for the league's youngest players to the lineup of All-Star Weekend events back in 1994. Initially, the game featured rookies only. In 2000, the format was changed to match first-year stars against the league's best sophomores. The Sophs dominated that series, winning eight of twelve games, though the rookies were victorious in 2010 and 11.

New Format for 2012

The league has announced another format change for the 2012 game. The participants will be the same - the league's best first and second-year players, as selected by assistant coaches league-wide. But instead of rookies vs. sophomores, two honorary "general managers" will choose sides, just like you might in a pickup game at the local Y.

Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley will do the honors.

They'll be selecting teams from a list that includes sophomores Blake Griffin (Clippers), DeMarcus Cousins (Kings), Landry Fields (New York Knicks), Paul George (Pacers), Gordon Hayward (Jazz), Greg Monroe (Pistons), Tiago Splitter (Spurs), Evan Turner (76ers), and John Wall (Wizards) and rookies Ricky Rubio and Derrick Williams (Timberwolves), Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson (Cavaliers), MarShon Brooks (Nets), Brandon Knight (Pistons), Kawhi Leonard (Spurs), Markieff Morris (Suns), and Kemba Walker (Bobcats).

2011 Rookie/Sophomore Game

All-star games at all levels are typically defense-free affairs; the 2011 Rookie/Sophomore Game was just the latest example. John Wall set a game record by recording an eye-popping 22 assists - many of them hook-ups with his Kentucky Wildcat teammate DeMarcus Cousins - leading the rookies to a 148-140 win and taking home the MVP trophy.

Rookie/Sophomore Challenge History

Year Location Game Result MVP
2011Los AngelesRookies 148, Sophomores 140Washington Wizards
2010DallasRookies 140, Sophomores 128Sacramento Kings
2009PhoenixSophomores 122, Rookies 116Oklahoma City Thunder
2008New OrleansSophomores 136, Rookies 109Cleveland Cavaliers
2007Las VegasSophomores 155, Rookies 114New York Knicks
2006HoustonSophomores 106, Rookies 96Philadelphia 76ers
2005DenverSophomores 133, Rookies 106Denver Nuggets
2004Los AngelesSophomores 142, Rookies 118Phoenix Suns
2003AtlantaSophomores 132, Rookies 112Golden State Warriors
2002PhiladelphiaRookies 103, Sophomores 97Golden State Warriors
2001WashingtonSophomores 121, Rookies 113Minnesota Timberwolves
2000OaklandRookies 92, Sophomores 83 (OT)Chicago Bulls
1998New YorkEast 85, West 80Cleveland Cavaliers
1997ClevelandEast 96, West 91Philadelphia 76ers
1996San AntonioEast 94, West 92Toronto Raptors
1995PhoenixWhite 83, Green 79 (OT)Los Angeles Lakers
1994MinneapolisPhenoms 74, Sensations 68Orlando Magic
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