Kyle Kuzma, Luka Doncic, Nikola Jokic headline 2019 Skills Challenge


If the 3-Point Contest is the most consistently entertaining part of the NBA All-Star Weekend — and if the Slam Dunk is the one with the highest variance — then the Skills Challenge is perhaps somewhere in the middle.

The 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend is nearly upon us, and soon media and fans will flood in to Charlotte, NC to take part in a weekend of fun events celebrating the best players in the league.

The 2019 NBA Taco Bell Skills Challenge will take place on a Saturday, Feb. 16th and will feature shifty guards and crafty big men alike.

The Skills Challenge tests players ability to shoot, pass, and dribble all in conjunction with each other around obstacles and across various scenarios on an NBA floor. Hre are the participants, per the NBA.

Mike Conley
•Luka Dončić
•De’Aaron Fox
•Nikola Jokić
Kyle Kuzma
Jayson Tatum
•Nikola Vučević
Trae Young

The fun thing about the Skills Challenge is that inevitably a small player seems to get matched up against a big player and it doesn’t seem to really matter which is which. Size doesn’t have a factor, and it does seem to be a good test of each individual’s skills.

Sometimes this event can be sort of a dud, but guys often get into the competitive spirit in the later rounds and that makes for some good watching.

Things kick off on Saturday night at 8 p.m. ET.