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"It's an honor to be a part of All-Star weekend and to participate in something like that", Saric said.

Embiid, already rewarded with a starting nod to the All-Star Game, will join Simmons in the All-Star Weekend's Rising Stars game.

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Hield makes his second-straight appearance after being selected as a rookie last season.

Smith (6-3, 195) holds averages of 14.8 points, 3.9 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 0.97 steals and 28.4 minutes per game in 39 games (all starts) for Dallas this season. He's shooting 48 percent from the field, 39 percent from three-point and almost 83 percent from the free-throw line.

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In addition to being an All-Star Game starter, the National Basketball Association announced Wednesday that Joel Embiid was selected to participate in the Rising Stars game along with 76ers teammates Ben Simmons and Dario Saric.

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The initial look at the rosters points to the World having a slight edge over the US team, but that will be largely dependent on how much burn Embiid gets in this game with the All-Star game also on his schedule. The 25-year-old plays like a seasoned veteran for Sacramento, posting 11.4 points and 3.4 assists in 26.8 minutes a night.

The former North Carolina State guard racked up 142 points and 49 assists in his first 10 career games, joining LeBron James (168 points and 64 assists in 2003-04) and Kyrie Irving (166 points and 52 assists in 2011-12) as the only teenagers in National Basketball Association history to reach those totals in their first 10 career National Basketball Association contests. Tyreke Evans was MVP of the game as a rookie in 2010.