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Four past champions highlight 2020 Taco Bell® Skills Challenge: Patrick Beverley, Spencer Dinwiddie, Derrick Rose and Jayson Tatum

Four past champions highlight 2020 Taco Bell® Skills Challenge: Patrick Beverley, Spencer Dinwiddie, Derrick Rose and Jayson Tatum

Defending champion Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics and former champions Patrick Beverley of the LA Clippers, Spencer Dinwiddie of the Brooklyn Nets and Derrick Rose of the Detroit Pistons will display their vast array of talents in the 2020 Taco Bell® Skills Challenge on Saturday, Feb. 15 at the United Center in Chicago.

Tatum is one of five 2020 NBA All-Star selections in the eight-player field, joined by the Miami Heat’s Bam Adebayo, the Milwaukee Bucks’ Khris Middleton, the Indiana Pacers’ Domantas Sabonis and the Toronto Raptors’ Pascal Siakam.

The 17th Taco Bell® Skills Challenge is part of State Farm® All-Star Saturday Night, which also features the MTN DEW® 3-Point Contest and AT&T Slam Dunk. All-Star Saturday Night will air live on TNT and ESPN Radio in the United States at 8 p.m. ET. NBA All-Star 2020 will reach fans in more than 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages.

Tatum and Dinwiddie won the Taco Bell® Skills Challenge in 2019 and 2018, respectively. Beverley, a Chicago native, was crowned champion in 2015. Rose, a Chicago native and the 2010-11 Kia NBA MVP while playing with the Chicago Bulls, earned the Skills title in 2009 as an NBA rookie. 

The 2020 Taco Bell® Skills Challenge is a three-round, obstacle-course competition that tests the players’ dribbling, passing, agility and 3-point shooting. Featuring a mix of guards and frontcourt players, the event showcases a head-to-head, bracket-style tournament format. First-round matchups will be determined on the night of the event.

Here is a closer look at the 2020 Taco Bell® Skills Challenge participants:

Bam Adebayo, Heat (1st appearance): A first-time NBA All-Star selection in his third season, Adebayo is one of five players averaging at least 15.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game in 2019-20. He has recorded his first three career triple-doubles this season.  

Patrick Beverley, Clippers (2nd appearance): The 6-1 guard is a two-time NBA All-Defensive Team selection, a career 37.9 percent shooter from 3-point range and a premier rebounder at his position. Beverley is averaging 5.8 rebounds per game this season, just below his career high of 5.9 rebounds set in 2016-17.

Spencer Dinwiddie, Nets (2nd appearance): He is averaging a career-high 21.3 points and 6.4 assists per game. The NBA G League veteran has improved his scoring average in each of his four seasons with Brooklyn.

Khris Middleton, Bucks (1st appearance): An NBA All-Star selection for the second straight year, Middleton is posting career highs in scoring (20.4 ppg), field goal percentage (50.8) and 3-point field goal percentage (44.2) to go with 5.8 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game. He scored a career-high 51 points against the Washington Wizards on Jan. 28.

Derrick Rose, Pistons (3rd appearance): Rose is shooting a career-high 49.8 percent from the field and averaging his most points (18.5 ppg) and assists (5.8 apg) since the 2011-12 season. A three-time NBA All-Star selection, Rose last appeared in the Taco Bell® Skills Challenge in 2011.

Domantas Sabonis, Pacers (1st appearance): Sabonis is averaging career highs across the board as a first-time NBA All-Star selection, with 18.3 points, 12.7 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game. He ranks third in the NBA in double-doubles (38) and has recorded his first two career triple-doubles this season.          

Pascal Siakam, Raptors (1st appearance): Siakam has become the first NBA G League veteran to be named a starter in the NBA All-Star Game. This season, he has already set a career high for 3-pointers made (84) to go with career-high averages of 23.7 points, 7.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game.  

Jayson Tatum, Celtics (2nd appearance): The 21-year-old first-time NBA All-Star selection is averaging career highs of 21.7 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.36 steals per game in his third season. Last year, Tatum made a half-court shot to win the Taco Bell® Skills Challenge.        

2020 Taco Bell® Skills Challenge Rules
Two players compete simultaneously on identical courses and the fastest finisher reaches the next round. In the first round, the eight players are paired to participate in four head-to-head competitions. The four winners advance to the second round, where two more head-to-head showdowns determine the two finalists. The first finalist to successfully complete the course is declared the winner of the 2020 Taco Bell® Skills Challenge. Click here (https://on.nba.com/2RX10ai) for a complete explanation of the rules.

See below for the 2020 Taco Bell® Skills Challenge field and a list of previous winners.

2020 TACO BELL® SKILLS CHALLENGE PARTICIPANTS

Player

Team

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Bam Adebayo

Miami Heat

C-F

6-9

255

Patrick Beverley

LA Clippers

G

6-1

180

Spencer Dinwiddie

Brooklyn Nets

G

6-5

215

Khris Middleton

Milwaukee Bucks

F

6-7

225

Derrick Rose

Detroit Pistons

G

6-2

200

Domantas Sabonis

Indiana Pacers

F

6-11

240

Pascal Siakam

Toronto Raptors

F

6-9

230

Jayson Tatum

Boston Celtics

F

6-8

210

TACO BELL® SKILLS CHALLENGE WINNERS

2003 – Jason Kidd, New Jersey

2012 – Tony Parker, San Antonio

2004 – Baron Davis, New Orleans

2013 – Damian Lillard, Portland

2005 – Steve Nash, Phoenix

2014 – Trey Burke, Utah and Damian Lillard, Portland

2006 – Dwyane Wade, Miami

2015 – Patrick Beverley, Houston

2007 – Dwyane Wade, Miami

2016 – Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota

2008 – Deron Williams, Utah

2017 – Kristaps Porzingis, New York

2009 – Derrick Rose, Chicago

2018 – Spencer Dinwiddie, Brooklyn

2010 – Steve Nash, Phoenix

2019 – Jayson Tatum, Boston

2011 – Stephen Curry, Golden State

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About NBA All-Star 2020:
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