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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Michael Carter-Williams, Victor Oladipo paired in Skills Challenge at All-Star weekend

(Associated Press)
The 76ers’ Michael Carter-Williams will pair with Orlando’s Victor Oladipo in the NBA Skills Challenge, which will be contested Saturday, Feb. 15, as a part of All-Star weekend in New Orleans.

For the first time, the competition will feature teams of two in passing, shooting and dribbling stations. The format for the Skills Challenge is as follows: the fastest team from each conference in the first round advances to the championship round, where the same rules apply.

Carter-Williams and Oladipo have an interesting past. Carter-Williams’ Syracuse team ousted Oladipo’s Indiana in the Sweet 16 round of last spring’s NCAA Tournament. A few months later, Oladipo made a game-winning shot with Carter-Williams closely defending him in an Orlando Summer League game. And in December, Carter-Williams and Oladipo became the first rookies to post triple-doubles in the same game while directly competing against one another.

Should make for an interesting pairing in the Skills Challenge.

In related news, Carter-Williams was selected to Team Webber for the Rising Stars Challenge. Former All-Stars Chris Webber and Grant Hill served as general managers, picking teams for the rookie-sophomore game.

On Team Webber, Carter-Williams joins Kelly Olynyk (BOS), Jared Sullinger (BOS), Mason Plumlee (BRK), Tim Hardaway Jr. (NYK), Steven Adams (OKC), Victor Oladipo (ORL), and Trey Burke (UTA).

Here’s a run-down of the other All-Star-related events:

**Arron Afflalo, Orlando
**Bradley Beal, Washington
**Kyrie Irving, Cleveland
**Joe Johnson, Brooklyn
**Marco Belinelli, San Antonio
**Stephen Curry, Golden State
**Damian Lillard, Portland
**Kevin Love, Minnesota
Format: The highest-scoring East and West competitors from the one-minute first round will advance to the championship round. 
**Paul George, Indiana
**Terrence Ross, Toronto
**John Wall, Washington
**Harrison Barnes, Golden State
**Damian Lillard, Portland
**Ben McLemore, Sacramento
Format: The Freestyle Round fives competitors 90 seconds to showcase as many dunks as they want. Judges vote East or West, with the winning conference getting to choose to dunk first or second in the Battle Round, during which head-to-head matchups will take place. The first team to win three head-to-head competitions will be crowned champs.
Team 1: Tim Hardaway Jr (NYK); Tim Hardaway Sr (Legend); Elena Delle Donne (Chicago Sky)
Team 2: Chris Bosh (Mia); Dominique Wilkins (Legend); Swin Cash (Chicago Sky)
Team 1: Stephen Curry (GS); Dell Curry (Legend); Becky Hammon (San Antonio Stars)
Team 2: Kevin Durant (OKC); Karl Malone (Legend); Skylar Diggins (Tulsa Shock)
Format: The two-round competition features four numbered shooting locations of increasing difficulty, with each team attempting to make all shots in numeric order in the fastest time.

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