Since being introduced in 2003, the NBA Skills Competition has become one of the most anticipated and exciting events at NBA All-Star Weekend. Wiry little dudes flying around the court, whipping passes through hoops and racing against the clock? Sign me up! Past champions have included Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, Baron Davis (when he was with the Hornets), and our own Stephen Curry.
This year, the NBA has thrown a very interesting new wrinkle into the works, and is allowing big men to compete for the first time! Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, Karl-Anthony Towns, and DRAYMOND GREEN (!!!) will battle for a spot in the final round. Once there, the champion big man will face either Isaiah Thomas, C.J. McCollum, Jordan Clarkson or Emmanuel Mudiay, who was a late replacement for defending champion Patrick Beverley.
The NBA Skills challenge is basically a grown up version of this show, a staple of my early 90's childhood:
How cool was that show?!
Seriously, though, the NBA Skills Challenge is a jungle gym of obstacles designed to test the participants' dribbling, passing, and shooting skills. How fast can they move while maintaining control? It's an interesting gambit.
Want a little taste? Here's Steph winning it in 2011!
Here's how the field is aligned. Note: Emmanuel Mudiay replaced Patrick Beverly, who was a late scratch.
How to watch the Skills Challenge
Time: Saturday, Feb. 13. 8 p.m. ET (second event)
Place: Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Streaming: Watch TNT