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Memphis Grizzlies guard Vince Williams Jr. is headed to Indianapolis for the All-Star Weekend festivities.
The Grizzlies announced that the 23-year-old had been named to the 2024 Panini Rising Stars as an injury replacement for the mini-tournament during All-Star Weekend that showcases select NBA Rookies, Sophomores and G League players.
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Vince Williams Jr. has been named by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to the 2024 Panini Rising Stars as an injury replacement.<br><br>The annual showcase of premier young talent at NBA All-Star Weekend will take place Friday, Feb. 16, at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. <a href=”https://t.co/YIYQBIPv3A”>pic.twitter.com/YIYQBIPv3A</a>
Williams Jr. is the 21st player in Grizzlies history to be selected to the Rising Stars game. He was a second-round pick in the 2022 NBA Draft and signed a multi-year contract with the Grizzlies in January.
Williams is averaging 9.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 41 games for Memphis this season. He has made 22 spots and has shown solid improvement for a team that has overall taken a step back in 2023-24.
Memphis had an excellent 2022-23, going 51-31 and earning the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference. The tide has quickly turned this season, as the Grizzlies are 18-35 and heading towards missing the postseason for the first time since 2020.
Injury luck has not been kind to Memphis this season, which has contributed to the bad record, but has opened the door for players like Williams to push for bigger roles. This honor will allow him to be showcased further and does send some positive momentum Memphis’ way.
The 2024 Panini Rising Stars Game is set to tip off at 9 p.m. ET.