Anthony Davis To Participate In All Star Skills Challenge
New Orleans Pelicans All-Star Anthony Davis will participate in more than just the game at All-Star weekend in two weeks, he'll also compete in the NBA All-Star Skills Challenge. Davis confirmed the news to John Reid of The Times-Picayune yesterday.
The NBA All-Star Skills Challenge began in 2003 and centers around a player's ability to handle the ball, pass, and shoot. A basketball version of an obstacle course is set up for players to compete.
Since its inception, the challenge has been competed in by backcourt players.
In fact, in 2004, New Orleans Hornets guard Baron Davis was the winner of the second annual NBA All-Star Skills Challenge.
Davis hopes to become the second player in franchise history to win it, as well as the first frontcourt player to earn the trophy.
This year, Davis is joined by other big men, as the NBA has steered clear of guards for the competition.
The competition will have a Kentucky feel to it. Davis will be joined by center DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings and center Karl Anthony-Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves. All 3 played collegiately at Kentucky.
Golden State Warriors All-Star power forward Draymond Green will also take part in the challenge.
NBA All-Star weekend is February 12th-14th in Toronto. The Skills Challenge will take place Saturday night, while the All-Star game is set for Sunday, Valentine's night.