Jamario Moon's all-star weekend just got busier.
One of the NBA's feel-good stories, the self-made player has been selected to play in the league's annual rookie challenge as part of the schmooz-fest known as all-star weekend.
Joining Moon will be Raptors teammate Andrea Bargnani, who will line up against the athletic Moon on the sophomore side when the game tips off Feb. 15 in New Orleans.
Moon, who went undrafted, has been a pleasant surprise for the Raptors, who invited the swingman to a free-agent camp and began to make an impression with the club.
Besides playing for the rookie team, Moon also will take part in the slam-dunk contest, an event with Raptors ties given Vince Carter's breakthrough night back in 2000.
While Bargnani has yet to establish himself in his second season, the league's assistant coaches, who selected the teams, obviously have seen enough of last year's first-overall pick to merit his inclusion.
Topping the list of sophomore players is the league's reigning rookie of the year, Portland's Brandon Roy.
The rookie team is highlighted by Seattle's Kevin Durant, who is being hailed as this year's top freshman.
VINSANITY OR JAMISON?
With Antawn Jamison leading the Washington Wizards last night into the Air Canada Centre, a few NBA-types could be heard comparing Jamison's career to Carter, two former North Carolina teammates who were traded for each other on draft day in 1998.
While Carter makes highlight dunks and went off for 50 points in a playoff game, the consensus was Jamison has evolved into a more complete pro.
In the Eastern Conference, only Dwight Howard has more double-doubles than Jamison, who is also one of five players to average 20/10 (points and rebounds).