If the Toronto Raptors can not win another star selection, Kawhi Leonard will still have some company when traveling to Charlotte to represent Toronto on the All-Star weekend.
On Tuesday, the second year of Raptors OG Anunoby was named to Team World for the Ascending Stars Challenge of 2019.
The 21-year-old will be joining Philadelphia 76ers 'Benny Simmons, Dallas Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic and Los Angeles Clippers' Canadian Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, among others for Team World, who will face the the 15th of February.
Anunoby, a native of England, has appeared in 41 games for the Raptors this season. In a year rising and falling, the small striker of 1.80 m has an average of 7.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 0.7 assists in 20.4 minutes per game.
He becomes the 12th Raptor in franchise history to attend the showcase event and the first since Jonas Valanciunas in 2014.
"The 25th Rising Stars will put 10 first-year and second-year NBA players against 10 first- and second-year NBA players from around the world at the annual NBA All-Star Youth Talent Awards agreement with the league in a press release on Tuesday.
This is the fifth consecutive year that the Ascending Stars event will feature a US vs. World. Players were voted by other assistant coaches, with each of the league's 30 teams sending a ballot by coaching staff, although no ballot could be for a player on their own team.
In addition to NBA players on the court, Kyrie Irving of Boston and Dirk Nowitzki of Dallas will serve as honorary coaches for Team USA and Team World respectively.
Team World have won the last two competitions, defeating Team USA 155-124 last year.