Jaden Ivey and Jalen Duren Gear Up For First All-Star Weekend
This weekend is one of the most exciting weekends in sports, other than the Super Bowl and March Madness. It’s All-Star Weekend in the NBA. This years all-star activities will take place in Salt lake City, Utah. The Detroit Pistons do not have a player in the All-Star game, something fans have grown accustomed to because they’ve only had four over the last 14 years, however they generally tend to have a player or two in the Rising Stars Challenge and this year is no difference. The Jordan Mini-Tournament promises to be exciting this year, as both sophomores and rookies will be pitted against one another in a tournament format. Two Detroit Pistons Jaden Ivey and Jalen Duren were selected for the event, but it would have been three players selected if Cunningham hadn’t been ruled out due to a shin injury. This still bodes well for the team’s future.
In addition to Jaden Ivey participating in the mini-tournament, Ivey will also represent the Detroit Pistons in the Skills Challenge during the Saturday night events. Due to an ankle injury sustained against the Raptors, Jalen Duren will not be able to take part in the Rising Stars Challenge. Tari Eason will replace Duren, who many thought should have been chosen anyway, so it worked out well for the young Rockets Player.
With all the young promising talent on the Pistons, It would be great to see some Pistons in the All-Star game again in the near future, as there haven’t been any since Blake Griffin playing for the team in 2018-19.