Dennis Schroder replacing Jimmy Butler in skills challenge
But I thought an even stranger selection was Jimmy Butler, who was included in the original field.
Sure, Butler has made major progress as a shooter/ball-handler/passer. But entered the league as a rugged dirty-work guard. Progress is being measured against that – not against the other point guards in the event.
So, I was pretty curious to see how the Bulls off guard would fare. Unfortunately, we won’t get the chance.
Shams Charania of RealGM:
Chicago star Jimmy Butler is pulling his name from the NBA All-Star Skills Challenge, league sources tell RealGM. He has shoulder injury.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 12, 2015
Dennis Schroder of the Atlanta Hawks:
Jarrett Jack of the Brooklyn Nets:
Man just got asked to be in the skills challenge but my sore hamstring won't allow me to me to participate— JARRETT JACK (@Jarrettjack03) February 12, 2015
If he’s just taking Butler’s place in the bracket, Schroder will compete against Kyle Lowry in the first round.
I’m picking Schroder’s Hawks teammate, Jeff Teague, to redeem himself and win the event over Lowry in the final.