A look at the 2017 skills challenge

Karl-Anthony Towns declined the chance to go for a two-peat.

The 2017 Taco Bell Skills Challenge is stacked with talent this year. Reigning champion Karl-Anthony Towns declined an offer to compete but this year’s participants include All-Stars DeMarcus Cousins, John Wall, Anthony Davis, Gordon Hayward, and Isaiah Thomas. Joining them are 2015-2016 All-Rookie first team members Devin Booker and Kristaps Porzingis. Although Joel Embiid wasn’t named an All-Star, he hopes to make his mark on the course.

The skills challenge consists of three rounds of an obstacle course that tests a player’s dribbling, passing, agility and three-point shooting skills. For the third year, it will be a bracket-style single elimination tournament, with the front court players being on one side of the bracket and guards on the other.

In the contest, two participants race against each other on identical courses by first dribbling between five obstacles while running down the court.Next, the player must throw a pass into a net that does not touch the ground.Then, the players must dribble back the full length of the court for a lay up. Shortly after, the players must dribble back down the court and hit a three-pointer from the top of the key. The match ends when the first player hits the three-pointer.

First round matchups will be announced at a later date.



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