Patrick Beverley replacing John Wall in skills challenge

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People took too long to appreciate how skilled John Wall is.

So, he became even more polished.

Now, just as Wall is getting recognized for more than just his athleticism, he’s missing a chance to dazzle everyone with his all-around talent.

Wall – originally slated to compete in the skills challenge during All-Star Saturday night – won’t compete in the event, and Patrick Beverley will take his place.

Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post:

https://twitter.com/jorgeccastillo/status/565197672429404160

Beverley is certainly not the contender Wall was to win the skills challenge. The Rockets point guard is strong defensively – not a factor of this event – and limited in his playmaking opportunities both because he plays with James Harden and because Houston knew he’d be better off in a limited role.

Isaiah Thomas, Michael Carter-Williams, Jeff Teague, Trey Burke, Brandon Knight, Jimmy Butler and Kyle Lowry are still scheduled to compete. Beverley will face Thomas in the first round:

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