PHILADELPHIA (The Phanatic Magazine) - Sixers second-year guard Michael Carter-Williams was one of eight players selected to compete in the Skills Challenge, which will take place on Feb. 14, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn as part of State Farm All-Star Saturday Night.
Carter-Williams, the reigning Rookie of the Year, also competed in the event last year and was teamed with Victor Oladipo of the Orlando Magic. The duo finished as the runner-ups to the combo of Utah’s Trey Burke and Portland’s Damian Lillard by just a tenth of a second.
This year’s event features a head-to-head, bracket-style tournament for the first time. Joining Carter-Williams in the competition will be returning co-champion Burke, Chicago’s Jimmy Butler, Milwaukee’s Brandon Knight, Toronto’s Kyle Lowry, Atlanta’s Jeff Teague, Phoenix’s Isaiah Thomas and Washington’s John Wall.
The Skills Challenge calls for two players to compete simultaneously on an identical obstacle course which tests dribbling, passing, agility and shooting skills. In the first round, the eight players have been paired to participate in four head-to-head competitions. The four winners advance to the second round, where two more head-to-head showdowns will determine the two finalists.
Last week, Carter-Williams and teammate Nerlens Noel were both chosen to participate in the Rising Stars Challenge, which also takes place at Barclays Center a day earlier.