Damian Lillard Becomes First Player To Compete In Three Events At NBA All-Star Saturday Night
Lillard will defend Skills Challenge crown, compete in Three-Point and Slam Dunk Contests
PORTLAND, Ore. (Feb. 6, 2014) – Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard will become the first player in NBA history to participate in the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest and the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest at State Farm All-Star Saturday Night, it was announced today by the league.
The Skills Challenge will be Lillard's first event of the night, followed by the Three-Point Contest and the Slam Dunk Contest.
“I'm excited to represent the Trail Blazers in the Rising Stars Challenge and my first NBA All-Star Game," said Lillard. “It's also an honor to be the first player to participate in three events at All-Star Saturday Night.”
Lillard will defend his Skills Challenge title from last year in Houston, where he posted a time of 28.9 seconds in the final to take home the crown. The event challenges the NBA’s top guards to work against the clock in a series of passes, free throws, layups and agility drills.
All-Star Saturday Night will tip-off at 5:30 p.m. (Pacific) on TNT, live from New Orleans Arena.
No Trail Blazer has ever won the Three-Point or Slam Dunk Contest. Previous Trail Blazers who've competed in the Three-Point Contest include Kiki Vandeweghe (1987), Clyde Drexler (1991), Terry Porter (1991, 1993) and Cliff Robinson (1996).
Lillard will join Drexler (1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989), Jerome Kersey (1986, 1987, 1988, 1989), James Robinson (1994) and Rudy Fernandez (2009) as Trail Blazers who have participated in the Slam Dunk Contest over the years.
Last season’s unanimous NBA Rookie of the Year, Lillard, 23, is averaging 20.6 points, 3.7 rebounds and 5.7 assists to go with a 40.5% (140-for-346) mark from 3-point range. He leads all sophomores in scoring and assists, while ranking third in the NBA in 3-pointers made and 14th in scoring.