‘The Miracle of Undrafty’ Jose Alvarado, Rising Stars MVP
New Orleans Pelicans guard Jose Alvarado (24, 183cm) was selected as the MVP at the Rising Stars, a contest for first- and second-year NBA players.
Alvarado played as Tim Pauro in the 2023 NBA All-Star Game Rising Stars held at Vivint Arena in Utah, Salt Lake City, USA on the 18th (Korean time), scoring 13 points in the semifinals and 5 points in the final.
The competition was held in a tournament format, with participants divided into 4 teams. Team Pau (Pau Gasol), Team Joakim (Joakim Noah), and Team Deron (Deron Williams) led the first and second year teams, respectively, and Team Jason (Jason Terry), consisting only of G-League players, came out with a total of four teams. As in last year, the first team to score 50 points in the semifinals and the first to 25 points in the finals won.
Alvarado is part of Team Pau, led by Pau Gasol, and drafted 1st overall in the 2022 draft by Paolo Bankero (Orlando), Scotty Barnes (Toronto), Jayden Ivey (Detroit), Keegan Murray (Sacramento), Benedict Masserin, and Andrew Nemhard (both Indiana). ) and teamed up with Team Deron 40-25 in the semifinals and Team Joachim 25-20 in the final to win the championship. In the final against Joakim, he finished the game with his own hands by shooting a 3-point shot in a 22-20 situation with 3 points left in the ‘target score’ of 25 points.
In an interview with local media such as ‘ESPN’ after the game, Alvarado said, “I was able to enjoy playing with players with good talent. It was a great honor for me,” he said of his Rising Stars MVP impressions.
Alvarado, an undrafted player, experienced the pain of being dropped in the 2021 draft, but later entered the NBA through a two-way contract with New Orleans, revealing a great presence in defense and succeeding in winning an official contract. In particular, he often appears suddenly from behind his opponent’s back and steals the ball온라인바카라, like a thunderbolt, earning him the nickname ‘The Great Sword’ from his fans.
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On the other hand, in the Rising Stars game on this day, along with Victor Wembanyama, the biggest player in the NBA draft to be held this year, Scott Henderson (Ignite), who is receiving a lot of attention, played as part of Team Jason, a G-League team, drawing attention. While Tim Jason lost 32-40 to Tim Joachim in the semifinals, Henderson played 5 minutes, recording 4 points, 2 assists and 2 steals.
After the game, he expressed his desire to play in the NBA, saying, “I want to debut in the NBA as soon as possible and play with players like Chris Paul and Ja Morant.”