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
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
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
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
SHOOTING STARS CHALLENGE
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)
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
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