Former NBA MVP Dirk Nowitzki believes "the sky is the limit" for the Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmons.
The NBA has never seen a player like New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson, according to the Dallas Mavericks' Luka Doncic.
The Toronto Raptors finally lost as the Milwaukee Bucks went down in the absence of Giannis Antetokounmpo on Wednesday.
Zion Williamson, Ja Morant and Luka Doncic will be among the headline acts in the NBA Rising Stars Challenge.
Luka Doncic has missed the past seven games, but he is set for a comeback midweek.
Anthony Davis led the Los Angeles Lakers to a comfortable win over the Phoenix Suns.
The Minnesota Timberwolves ended their losing streak with a surprise win over the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Toronto Raptors stayed hot as the Philadelphia 76ers returned to winning ways on Friday.
The teams are set for the NBA All-Star Game, which will take place in Chicago on February 16.
Serge Ibaka lifted the Toronto Raptors past the Indiana Pacers and to a 12th straight NBA win.