NBA ALL-STAR SKILLS CHALLENGE
Saturdays, in the All-Star almost everybody has a chance to appear in the different contests and games: rookies, legends, leapers, shooters,
women... so the NBA decided to create a new contest in 2003 for the
Skills Challenge consists in a timed obstacle course that includes dribbling, passing, and shooting stations.
The contest has a format change for this year. The competition has a bracket where two players will compete face to face each time without timekeeper.
There is also a big change on the different stations of the contest. After the dribbling, pass and layup, each player has to make another layup on the opposite rim and come back to make a three shot to finish the lap.
2017: Kristaps Porzingis Watch Skills Challenge Recap from NBA.com
Second edition of the battle of the BIGS against the GUARDS at the NBA All-Star Skills Challenge, second time the BIGS win.
Kristaps Porzingis won the contest in his first appearance. After beating Jokic in semifinal with a very exciting three-pointer, he defeated Gordon Hayward the same way with a photo-finish ending.
|Nikola Jokic *|
* Nikola Jokic substituted Joel Embiid (right knee injury)
|Emmanuel Mudiay *|
* Mudiay replaces last year winner Patrick Beverley.
*Patrick Beverley, Elfrid Payton and Dennis Schroeder substituted respectively John Wall, Michael Carter-Williams and Jimmy Butler.
1. First of all a layup.
2. Easy zigzag dribbling.
3 and 4. Put the ball in a basket making a 'normal' pass and a bounce pass.
5. Score from the top of the key
6. Another pass like the image 3.
7. Zigzag dribbling.
8. Another layup to finish.
2014: Damian Lillard & Trey Burke Watch Skills Challenge Recap from NBA.com
Damian Lillard won his second consecutive title (third player to do it after Steve Nash and Dwyane Wade) in a different competition format. Players competed in pairs, completing the course both players. Passing stations were shortened from three passes to a single chest pass.
There were four players from East conference and four more from West conference. The pairs with the highest score from each conference after the first round competed on the final.
|Trey Burke||40.6 sec.||45.2 sec.|
|Michael Carter-Williams||43.3 sec.||45.3 sec.|
|Giannis Antetokounmpo||45.0 sec.|
|Goran Dragic||42.3 sec.|
2013: Damian Lillard Watch Skills Challenge Recap from NBA.com
Blazers rookie Damian Lillard got a big win,
becoming the first player with 2 marks under 30
seconds in the same contest.
The players with the highest score from each conference after the first round will compete head-to-head on the final. Tony Parker lost his chances missing all the shot from the top of the key, and there were some laughs when Jeff Teague missed a layup.
|Damian Lillard||28.8 sec.||29.8 sec.|
|Jrue Holiday||29.3 sec.||35.6 sec.|
|Brandon Knight||32.2 sec.|
|Jeremy Lin||35.8 sec.|
|Tony Parker||48.7 sec.|
|Jeff Teague||49.4 sec.|
2012: Tony Parker Watch Skills Challenge Recap from NBA.com
Tony Parker needed 3 attempts to win this contest. That was the first time two players had to make a tiebreaker round to advance to the final. Also, it was the first contest with 3 players with less than 30 seconds scores, all of them in the first round.
|Tony Parker||29.2 sec.||32.8 sec.|
|Rajon Rondo *||32.8 sec.||34.6 sec.|
|Deron Williams||28.3 sec.||41.4 sec.|
|John Wall *||32.8 sec.|
|Russell Westbrook||33.8 sec.|
|Kyrie Irving||42.2 sec.|
* Tie-breaker: Rajon Rondo 27.5 seconds and John Wall 45.4 seconds.
2011: Stephen Curry Watch Skills Challenge Recap from NBA.com
|Stephen Curry||34.1 sec.||28.2 sec.|
|Russell Westbrook||30.0 sec.||44.2 sec.|
|Derrick Rose||35.7 sec.|
|John Wall||39.3 sec.|
|Chris Paul||42.7 sec.|
|Steve Nash||35,0 sec.||29,9 sec.|
|Deron Williams||34,1 sec.||37,9 sec.|
|Brandon Jennings||35,7 sec.|
|Russell Westbrook||44,1 sec.|
|Derrick Rose||33,3 sec.||35,3 sec.|
|Devin Harris||36,6 sec.||39,7 sec.|
|Mo Williams||37,5 sec.|
|Tony Parker||50,8 sec.|
|Deron Williams||31,2 sec.||25,5 sec.|
|Chris Paul||29,9 sec.||31,2 sec.|
|Jason Kidd||39,7 sec.|
|Dwyane Wade||53,9 sec.|
|Dwyane Wade||31.3 sec.||26.4 sec.|
|Kobe Bryant||29.8 sec.||45.8 sec.|
|Lebron James||35.4 sec.|
|Chris Paul||39.6 sec.|
|Dwyane Wade||39.0 sec.||26.1 sec.|
|LeBron James||40.5 sec.||33.7 sec.|
|Chris Paul||42.6 sec.|
|Steve Nash||52.8 sec.|
|Steve Nash||31.4 sec.||25.8 sec.|
|Earl Boykins||32.6 sec.||37.6 sec.|
|Luke Ridnour||35.4 sec.|
|Gilbert Arenas||51.7 sec.|
|Baron Davis||28.7 sec.||31.6 sec.|
|Derek Fisher||31.6 sec.||37.6 sec.|
|Earl Boykins||34.9 sec.|
|Stephon Marbury||36.4 sec.|
4 of the best PG of the NBA were ready to inaugurate this contest and get the title of most complete point guard.
In the first round, each one of the 4 players improved the best time, arriving to the final two Oakland players: Gary Payton and Jason Kidd, with the best time for Payton.
In the final, Kidd almost repeated his semifinals time and it seemed that Payton would be the winner, but the Sonics player needed 5 second more than Kidd to complete all the stations.
|Gary Payton||31.3 sec.||35.1 sec.|
|Jason Kidd||35.3 sec.||40.3 sec.|
|Stephon Marbury||41.9 sec.|
|Tony Parker||45.5 sec.|