Dennis Schroder replacing Jimmy Butler in skills challenge

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Patrick Beverley – who replaced John Wall in the skills challenge – received plenty of scrutiny for his inclusion. Beverley is known for his defense, not his skills with the ball in his hands.

But I thought an even stranger selection was Jimmy Butler, who was included in the original field.

Sure, Butler has made major progress as a shooter/ball-handler/passer. But entered the league as a rugged dirty-work guard. Progress is being measured against that – not against the other point guards in the event.

So, I was pretty curious to see how the Bulls off guard would fare. Unfortunately, we won’t get the chance.

Shams Charania of RealGM:

Dennis Schroder of the Atlanta Hawks:

Jarrett Jack of the Brooklyn Nets:

If he’s just taking Butler’s place in the bracket, Schroder will compete against Kyle Lowry in the first round.

I’m picking Schroder’s Hawks teammate, Jeff Teague, to redeem himself and win the event over Lowry in the final.