Brandon Knight selected for Skills Challenge on NBA All-Star Saturday Night

Brandon Knight was selected for the Skills Challenge on NBA All-Star Saturday Night. Here’s the full field:

  • Jrue Holiday, Philadelphia 76ers
  • Jeff Teague, Atlanta Hawks
  • Brandon Knight, Detroit Pistons
  • Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
  • Jeremy Lin, Houston Rockets
  • Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs

The Skills Challenge is an obstacle course that includes dribbling, pass and shooting tests.

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Knight will be in Houston, anyway, and the skills challenge lacks the prestige of the 3-point contest and dunk contest, which don’t exactly line up high-profile contestants themselves.

But – how do I put this delicately? – Knight seems like a less-than-optimum choice for this event. Sure, he’s fast, but he’s the only selection who’s not a full-time point guard. And there’s a reason for that. He often struggles with the ball-handling and passing skills the Challenge highlights.

Knight could do well – and as a Pistons fan, I hope he does – but his success would be based on a small sample rather than having a real skills advantage over players like Parker and Lillard.

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