Nicolo Melli
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Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton will miss the Rising Stars Game with an ankle injury, while New Orleans Pelicans forward Nicolo Melli will replace him.

Melli takes Ayton’s spot on the Team World roster.

He will join fellow Pelicans rookies Zion Williamson (Team USA) and Nickeil Alexander-Walker (Team World) in the Rising Stars Game.

Melli has appeared in 42 games this season, averaging 6.1 points and 2.8 rebounds per game, while shooting 37.3 percent from three-point, which ranks sixth among rookies.