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Sam Dekker, Montrezl Harrell snubbed from Rising Stars challenge

No Rockets were selected for the game.

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Wednesday afternoon, the rosters for BBVA Rising Stars challenge were announced, and seconds later #RocketsTwitter was out in full force.

Of the 20 players that will take part in the game, broken down into World and USA teams, none were named Montrezl Harrell or Sam Dekker.

The rosters made up of rookies and sophomores included names like Jahlil Okafor, Karl-Anthony Towns, Joel Embiid, Nikola Jokic and Kristaps Porzingis, of course.

But they also included names like Frank Kaminsky, Jonathon Simmons, Trey Lyles, Domantas Sabonis and Dario Saric.

It's heard to picture that Dekker nor Harrell is not having a season as good if not better than any of those players.

Dekker has prime rotation role on the West's third-best team. On the year, he's averaging 7.3 points, 4.1 rebounds while playing 19.4 minutes a game.

Harrell had to step up when Clint Capela down and did a bang up job. He's averaging 9.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and playing in 19.2 minutes a game. He’s also started 13 games, and the Rockets went 9-4 in those contests.

Dekker and Harrell are both sophomores, but they did not get much playing time last year. While they are just as good as most of their peers, that's the only difference and the only reason I can think of why they were not picked to the rosters this year.

It's not outrageous that the Rockets won't be represented during Rising Stars challenge, but it sure is questionable.