For the first time in the event’s 14-year history, the Taco Bell Skills Challenge will have more than one frontcourt participant.
The 2016 event – part of the State Farm All-Star Saturday Night – has been given a new look with the inclusion of four skilful big men to make up half of the field.
NBA All-Stars DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings, Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans and Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors will be joined by three-time Western Conference Rookie of the Month and Rising Star Challenge participant Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves.
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2015 champion Patrick Beverley of the Houston Rockets is one of four guards. LA Lakers sophomore Jordan Clarkson, CJ McCollum of the Portland Trailblazers and Eastern Conference All-Star Isaiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics complete the line-up.
Cousins has been posting impressive numbers for the Kings this season; himself and Davis are the only players in the NBA averaging over 10 rebounds and 22 points this term. Cousins has broken his career-high points tally twice this term - it currently stands at 56.
Green has been a triple-double machine for the Warriors as they have blitz the league so far this season. The first-time All-Star selection tops the NBA with 10 triple-doubles and is the only frontcourt player in the top ten assist makers - averaging 7.4 per game.
Towns has been impressive in his rookie season and leads first-years in rebounding, he also ranks second in scoring behind Jahlil Okafor.
All four men have showcased their talents from behind the arc; Green is shooting 41.9 percent from three, Towns has hit 18-of-46 this season, Cousins has made 45-of-56 in his career and Davis 21-of-24.
42.8 percent from three-point range is a career-high for defending champion Beverley while second-time competitor Isaiah Thomas is averaging 21.4 points.
McCollum is a contender for Most Improved Player having upped his scoring average from 6.8 to 20.9 this season and Clarkson is averaging 33.5 percent from deep for the Lakers.