Kessler, Team Deron Eliminated From NBA Rising Stars Game

Feb 17, 2023, 8:07 PM

SALT LAKE CITY – Walker Kessler and Team Deron didn’t last long in the Rising Stars Challenge at NBA All-Star Friday night.

Kessler scored two points, grabbed one rebound, and blocked two shots, but his team was blown out 40-25 in the opening round of the four-team tournament.

The Jazz rookie started the game and received a warm welcome from Jazz fans, but Team Deron, coached by former Jazzman Deron Williams was no match for Team Pau, led by former All-Star Pau Gasol.

New Orleans Pelicans sophomore guard Jose Alvarado dominated the game for Team Pau, at one point scoring nine straight points and handing out a nifty assist for the highlight of the game.

Alvarado finished with 13 points on 6-10 shooting to go with an assist, a steal, and a rebound.

Team Deron was led by Pelicans forward Trey Murphy III who wowed fans with a dunk contest preview throwing down several impressive jams.

Murphy III will compete with Houston Rockets forward Kenyon Martin Jr., Philadelphia 76ers Mac McClung, and New York Knicks big man Jericho Sims during Saturday’s dunk contest.

Kessler meanwhile will join Jazz teammates Collin Sexton and Jordan Clarkson in the NBA Skills Challenge.

Kessler Off To Hot Start With Jazz

Walker Kessler has had a terrific rookie year with the Jazz after being acquired in the Rudy Gobert blockbuster trade last offseason.

The Auburn product is averaging 8.2 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks per game.

Kessler moved into the Jazz starting lineup on January 10th and has solidified his status as one of the best young bigs in the league.

Since moving into the starting spot Kessler is averaging an 11.4 point, 10.3 rebound double-double on 70 percent shooting from the floor.

All-Star Weekened Broadcast Schedule

Saturday Night

6 p.m. MT: State Farm All-Star Saturday Night on TNT

  • KIA Skills Challenge
  • Starry 3-Point Contest
  • AT&T Slam Dunk Contest 

Location: Vivint Arena

Sunday Night

5:30 p.m. MT: All-Star Draft Presented by Jordan Brand on TNT

6:30 p.m. MT: 72nd NBA All-Star Game on TNT

Location: Vivint Arena

Download the new & improved KSL Sports app from Utah’s sports leader. You can stream live radio, video and stay up to date on all of your favorite teams.

Ben Anderson is the Utah Jazz insider for KSL Sports and the co-host of Jake and Ben from 10-12p with Jake Scott on 97.5 The KSL Sports Zone. Find Ben on Twitter at @BensHoops or on Instagram @BensHoops.

  • Utah Jazz Scoreboard

  • Utah Jazz Team Leaders

  • Utah Jazz Standings

Utah Jazz

Utah Jazz center Walker Kessler (24) blocks the final shot by Boston Celtics forward Grant Williams...
Ben Anderson

Clutch Rookies Push Jazz Past Celtics

The Utah Jazz downed the Boston Celtics 118-117 thanks to huge plays from rookies Walker Kessler and Ocahi Agbaji. 
3 days ago
Utah Jazz forward Rudy Gay (22) drives on Boston Celtics forward Sam Hauser (30)...
Ben Anderson

Jazz Erase 19 Point Deficit, Stun Celtics

The Utah Jazz stunned the Boston Celtics 118-117, opening their four-game homestand with a win. Markkanen led the Jazz with 28 points.
3 days ago
Chandler Holt

Kris Dunn Makes Tough Layup Through Contact Against Boston Defense

Kris Dunn drove into the heart of the Celtics' defense and got a tough layup to drop early in the fourth quarter.
3 days ago
Kyle Ireland

Jazz Guard Ochai Agbaji Buries Consecutive Three-Pointers Against Celtics

Jazz guard Ochai Agbaji hit a pair of three-pointers during a big run in the third quarter of Utah's game against the Boston Celtics.
3 days ago
Chandler Holt

Talen Horton-Tucker Fuels Huge Jazz Run Late In Second Quarter

On Saturday in Vivint Arena, Talen Horton-Tucker and Lauri Markkanen caught fire in the second quarter to cut into the large Celtics lead.
3 days ago
Kyle Ireland

Jazz Forward Simone Fontecchio Hits Back-To-Back Threes Against Celtics

Jazz forward Simone Fontecchio connected on consecutive three-pointers during the first half of Utah's game against the Boston Celtics.
3 days ago

Sponsored Articles

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...
KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.
KSL Digital Sales

Notable Moments From The Utah Jazz Season… So Far

At the beginning of the season, the Utah Jazz were second to last. Now they rank in the top 10 teams in the Western Conference.
Football soccer ball on grass field on stadium...
KSL Digital Sales

Everything You Need to Know to Watch the 2022 World Cup

Find out where and when to watch the upcoming games and final match for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, including where to find live updates.
ksl sports logos...
KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.
KSL Sports

Win Tickets Wednesday: Jimmy Buffett

Get your Hawaiian shirts ready.
Iron Maiden tour...
KSL Sports

Win Tickets Wednesday: Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden returns to Utah in 2022 with The Legacy of the Beast tour.
Kessler, Team Deron Eliminated From NBA Rising Stars Game