Sixers Jrue Holiday Selected to 2013 Taco Bell Skills Challenge
PHILADELPHIA, PA. – FEBRUARY 7, 2013 – The NBA announced tonight that Philadelphia 76ers All-Star guard Jrue Holiday was selected as a participant in the Taco Bell® Skills Challenge, which takes place February 16, at Toyota Center in Houston as part of State Farm All-Star Saturday Night.
The competition features a six-man field comprised of defending champion Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs, Brandon Knight of the Detroit Pistons, Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers, Jeremy Lin of the Houston Rockets, and Jeff Teague of the Atlanta Hawks.
The 22-year-old Holiday was selected to his first All-Star Game on January 24, becoming the youngest player in franchise history to accomplish the feat in the process. This season, he ranks 12th in the league in scoring (19.3 ppg) and fourth in assists (8.9 apg).
For the first time, State Farm All-Star Saturday Night will feature a new format that pits the Eastern Conference against the Western Conference in a night of competition that will raise money for charity. As part of the new format, points earned by each conference throughout the four All-Star Skills Competitions will determine the conference that earns the title of 2013 State Farm All-Star Saturday Night Champion.
Three players representing the Western Conference and three players representing the Eastern Conference will compete in the two-round competition. The two competitors with the fastest times from their respective conferences in the Team Round advance to the Championship Round.
The Taco Bell Skills Challenge was introduced at NBA All-Star 2003 in Atlanta and features six players competing in a two-round timed “obstacle course” consisting of dribbling, passing and shooting stations. All players must observe basic NBA ball-handling rules while completing the course.
State Farm All-Star Saturday Night will also feature the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest; the Sears Shooting Stars; and the Sprite Slam Dunk contest. The NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 17, will air live on TNT, ESPN Radio and in 215 countries and will be broadcast in 47 languages.