The event portion of NBA All-Star weekend is one of the most exciting parts of the season. Players showing their dunks, shooting, and skills in a series of fun events have created numerous legendary moments throughout the years.
This year, the league is mixing up the format for the NBA All-Star Taco Bell Skills Challenge. Rather than having a bracket with eight players all doing a relay race, three teams consisting of three players will compete for the title in separate rounds. Just like in years past, it will be the first event of the evening, followed by the Mountain Dew 3-Point Contest and the Slam Dunk Contest.
How to watch the NBA All-Star Taco Bell Skills Challenge 2022
When: Saturday, February 19 at 8:00 EST
Where: Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse, home of the Cleveland Cavaliers
How: The event will be broadcasted nationally on TNT.
A trio of rookies, all of which were taken early in the 2021 NBA draft, will join forces.
- Cade Cunningham, Detroit Pistons and MVP of the Clorox Rising Stars Challenge
- Scottie Barnes, Toronto Raptors
- Josh Giddey, Oklahoma City Thunder
Three of the top players from the host city's team will participate.
- Darius Garland, 2022 NBA All-Star
- Jarrett Allen, 2022 NBA All-Star
- Evan Mobley, Clorox Rising Stars Challenge participant (member of the contest's winner, Team Barry)
The Greek Freak and two of his brothers make up the final team.
- Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
- Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
- Alex Antetokounmpo, Raptors 905 of the G League
Each team will participate in three rounds and compete to earn “Challenge Points”. The two teams that earn the most will advance to the final round. The official rules of the competition are as follows.
Round one will consist of a shooting competition. There will be five spots on the court, with each spot consisting of a point value ranging from one point to five points based on distance — longer shots are worth more. Each player will have 30 seconds to make as many shots as they can. Their two teammates will rebound for them and they cannot shoot from the same spot twice. Each player's scores will be added together with their teammates' scores. The team with the most points is awarded 100 Challenge Points.
Round two will be a passing challenge. All three members of a team will play at the same time and no player can make consecutive passes, ensuring that each player is participating. There will be three moving targets that vary in size and are worth two, four, and six points respectively. The teams must attempt a pass at each target at least once. The team with the most points will earn 100 Challenge Points.
Round three will be a relay race. Each player will compete individually, competing in a course that requires players to complete a pass, dribble through moving obstacles, make a shot in the paint, make a 3-pointer over an automated defender, dribble to the opposite basket and make a layup or dunk. The times from each player will be added up. The team with the quickest time will be declared the winner of this challenge and will be awarded 200 Challenge Points.
The final round is a half-court shot competition. Both teams will take shots from the half-court line and will be timed. The team to make the shoot in the fewest amount of time wins the Skills Challenge. In the event a tiebreaker is needed, the final round will be repeated.