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NBA All-Star Skills Challenge adds big men: Anthony Davis, Draymond Green, DeMarcus Cousins


at ORACLE Arena on January 4, 2016 in Oakland, California. 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.

Ezra Shaw

The NBA has added an intriguing new wrinkle to the Taco Bell Skills Challenge for this year’s All-Star Saturday night in Toronto. The on-court obstacle course, which has traditionally featured mostly guards, will now include a few big men, including Draymond Green (who leads the NBA in triple-doubles), Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins and Karl-Anthony Towns.

Here’s the full list of participants, which the league announced on Thursday night:

  • Patrick Beverley (Houston Rockets)
  • Jordan Clarkson (Los Angeles Lakers)
  • DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings)
  • Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans)
  • Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors)
  • C.J. McCollum (Portland Trail Blazers)
  • Isaiah Thomas (Boston Celtics)
  • Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota Timberwolves)

The inclusion of big men is a nice touch, a reflection of the modern NBA’s emphasis on players who have a diverse skill set outside of what’s expected of their position.