Andrew Nembhard's successful rookie season included a game-winning 3-point victory over LeBron James and a 31-point operation against the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors.
It continues with a pit stop at All-Star Weekend where Indiana Pacers product and guard Gonzaga was selected to attend the NBA Rising Stars game.
Nembhard was one of 20 NBA rookies, or sophomores, selected to compete in the Feb. Seven other NBA G League players join this group of players.
The group will be split into four teams led by former NBA players Joakim Noah, Jason Terry, Deron Williams and Pau Gasol.
Nembhard, the 31st overall pick in the 2022 NBA draft, was one of the eight rookies selected to play in the Rising Stars game and is joined by Indiana teammate Bennedict Mathurin, the sixth overall pick in the draft. which he was drafted for Gonzaga's former assistant. Tommy Lloyd in Arizona. last season.
As a rookie, Nembhard started 34 of the 45 games he appeared in, averaging 8.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 1.8 turnovers per game.
The Pacers held a plays off position in the Eastern Conference before losing 10 of their last 11 games. They sit at game 11 and a half of a match point.
Nembhard's two best performances of the rookie season came over a 7-day span in late November and early December. The 23-year-old guard hit a 3-pointer after the buzzer to lead the Pacers to a 116-115 win over the Lakers on Nov. 28. James tried to bring out the ex-Gonzaga but Nembhard's shot went up early. The Lakers star could deny it.
Exactly one week later, Nembhard was shooting 13 of 21 and 5 of 7 from 3-point range to set a season-high 31 points while leading Indiana to a 112-104 win over Golden State.
Nembhard also had 13 assists and eight rebounds for the Pacers, who were without star guard Tyrese Haliburton (20.2 ppg) and five other players in the rotation.
Gonzaga will send a former player to the Rising Stars event for the fourth consecutive year and the eighth time since 2014. 2021, 2020), Domantas Sabonis (2018, 2017), Kelly Olynyk (2015, 2014) and Adam Morrison (2007).
Sabonis is expected to make his third All-Star appearance of his career as a reserve for the Western Conference. All-Star reserves will be announced Thursday.