They have changed many of the formats tonight, but the idea is still the same: showing off some of the best NBA talent in areas they excel.
Dragic will be paired with OKC second year player Reggie Jackson, who has used Russell Westbrook's injury as a catapult to show his skills to the world. The two will use a relay format to outpace their competition:
- Team 1: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee; DeMar DeRozan, Toronto
- Team 2: Michael Carter-Williams, Philadelphia; Victor Oladipo, Orlando
- Team 1: Trey Burke, Utah Damian Lillard, Portland
- Team 2: Goran Dragic, Phoenix; Reggie Jackson, Oklahoma City
Only Dragic and DeRozan are participants with more than a couple years of NBA experience. Gone are the days when players like Steve Nash would dominate this competition amongst other NBA All-Stars.
2014 Taco Bell Skills Challenge
TWO TEAMS PER CONFERENCE -- Two teams of two players for each conference will compete in a timed obstacle course relay competition consisting of dribbling, passing, & shooting.
> Each conference will field two teams consisting of two players. Each team of two players will run the course, competing in a relay format for a single overall time.
> OPENING LAYUP/DUNK AND FINAL SHOT CHALLENGES - For the opening layup/dunk and the final shot, the player must rebound his own ball until the basket is made*.
> PASSING/SHOOTING CHALLENGES - The passing and the top of the key shooting challenges are considered completed (player can move on) when he either (1) successfully hits the target/makes the shot OR (2) exhausts the corresponding rack of balls while attempting to make the target/basket*.
> BALL HANDLING - Players must observe basic NBA ball-handling rules while completing the course.
> DISQUALIFICATION - Players are subject to disqualification for failure to complete all of the challenges as they are designed and intended to be run through (at the final discretion/judgment of the referee).
> There are no time penalty assessments on the course.
> INSTANT REPLAY -- At the discretion of the referee, television instant replay may be consulted for clarification of rules compliance.
*See Skills Challenge "Flow of Play" document for more information.
> Teams will be timed on a clock starting at 00:00.0 and counting up. The clock will be stopped when the final shot is made by the second player on the team. (Start and Stop is on referee's whistle)
> The two Eastern Conference teams will compete first, followed by the two West teams.
> The East team with the fastest time advances to the Championship Round.
> The West team with the fastest time advances to the Championship Round.
> The fastest East team and fastest West team from the First Round will compete to determine the competition champion.
> The team with the slower First Round time will go first for the Championship Round.
> The team with the fastest Championship Round time will be crowned the Skills Challenge Champions.
> To Advance from First Round - In the event of a tie amongst conference teams to determine the Championship Round participant, the tied teams will repeat the course.
> To Determine Champion - In the case of a tie between the two teams in the Championship Round, the tied teams will repeat the course.