2013 NBA All Star Weekend Previews: Skills Challenge
The All Star Weekend is always fun and arguably the most intriguing event of the weekend is the Skills Challenge.
It’s all about agility and speed around the court, often you’ll hear commentators during a game say ‘If you put these guys in a sprint who would win?’.
With the Skills Challenge we get the cream of the NBA in terms of athletic young point guards. This year there will be 5 brand new, first time contestants.
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The NBA has given the format of the Skills Challenge a slight tweak to make things a little more competitive.
All players will run the course once in the 1st round and the individual with the best time from their conference will advance into the final.
Then there will be the final 2 playing the course once more to determine an overall winner.
Skills Challenge 2013 will all be about who can dethrone Tony Parker. Even at 30 years of age and 12 years in the league, which is considerably higher than everyone else he is the favourite.
The dark horse here is Jeff Teague. He’s capable of being the starting Point Guard for a team but with other guards around him he’s had to wait his turn.
We should be seeing a lot more of Teague in the future and that could start here at the Skills Challenge.
Don’t go forgetting about Damian Lillard either, rookies do tend to take these events more seriously than others.
Baring a breakdown we should see 2012 Skills Champ Tony Parker representing the West in the final. While I’m 50-50 on Jeff Teague or Jrue Holiday for the east.
Whoever goes second out of these two in the 1st round will go through because it’s easier to chase down the target than to set one.
My pick will be a Teague v Parker final. Then I think Parker is the better passer and Teague has a higher chance of getting stuck on a rack.
So it’ll be Parker for back to back titles!
Now we want to hear your predictions. Have I not put enough stock in Brandon Knight or is Parker no lock to repeat?