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National spotlight finally finds these rookies

The Rookie Challenge is a chance for Carlos Boozer, Gordan Giricek and Nene Hilario to shine.

Updated: February 8, 2003, 9:56 AM ET
By Marc J. Spears | Special to ESPN.com

ATLANTA -- When it comes to rookies, NBA fans know Yao Ming because he's Yao Ming, Jay Williams because of Jason Williams the Duke All-America and Amare Stoudemire because he is a high school phenom who could end up being the NBA Rookie of the Year.

But today's Rookie Challenge, which pits the NBA's best first-year players against the league's top sophomores, gives the lesser-known newcomers the national stage to finally show their stuff.

Say hello to Denver Nuggets center Nene Hilario, ...

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