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.
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.