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Dennis Schroder replacing Jimmy Butler in skills challenge

Atlanta Hawks v Brooklyn Nets

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 5: Dennis Schroder #17 of the Atlanta Hawks drives to the basket against Jarrett Jack #0 of the Brooklyn Nets on December 5, 2014 at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Patrick Beverley – who replaced John Wall in the skills challenge – received plenty of scrutiny for his inclusion. Beverley is known for his defense, not his skills with the ball in his hands.

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:

Dennis Schroder of the Atlanta Hawks:

Jarrett Jack of the Brooklyn Nets:

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.