Kyle Lowry To Participate In 2015 Taco Bell Skills Challenge

The NBA announced Thursday that guard Kyle Lowry will participate in the 2015 Taco Bell Skills Challenge as part of State Farm All-Star Saturday Night. He is the second Raptor to take part in the event following DeMar DeRozan last year. The Taco Bell Skills Challenge will take place February 14 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Lowry has been voted by the fans as a starter to the Eastern Conference team for the 2015 All-Star Game after finishing second among East guards with 805,290 votes. He is the third Raptor to be elected a starter, joining Vince Carter (2000-04) and Chris Bosh (2007). Lowry is the fifth Raptor to be named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team: Bosh (2006-10), Carter (2000-04), Antonio Davis (2001) and DeRozan (2014).

This season Lowry is averaging career highs in points (18.8), rebounds (4.8), assists (7.4) and steals (1.60) through 50 games. He is tied for 21st in the NBA in scoring and tied for eighth in assists. Lowry was named Eastern Conference Player of the Month for December after posting averages of 22.3 points, 8.9 assists and 4.2 rebounds in 15 games. He helped the Raptors to an 11-4 record. Lowry led all players in scoring through the first week of December with 29.3 points and was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week (December 1-7).

The Taco Bell Skills Challenge format calls for two players to compete simultaneously on an identical course with the fastest finisher reaching the next round. In the first round, the eight players have been paired to participate in four head-to-head competitions. The four winners advance to the second round, where two more head-to-head showdowns will determine the two finalists. Complete rules can be found at mediacentral.nba.com.

As part of this year’s Taco Bell Skills Challenge, four lucky teens will be paired with the NBA participants. Through the Taco Bell Foundation for Teens, $120,000 will be donated to local Boys & Girls Clubs in support of educational scholarships and teen empowerment. Each teen participating in the Challenge will receive educational scholarships between $10,000 and $30,000.

NBA All-Star 2015 in New York City will bring together some of the most talented and passionate players in the league’s history for a global celebration of the game. The 64th NBA All-Star Game will reach fans in 215 countries and territories in 47 languages. TNT will televise the All-Star Game for the 13th consecutive year, marking Turner Sports' 30th year of All-Star coverage, as well as the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge and State Farm All-Star Saturday Night. Other events at Barclays Center include the NBA Development League All-Star Game presented by Kumho Tire and the NBA Development League Dream Factory presented by Boost Mobile on Sunday, February 15, airing on NBA TV. Madison Square Garden will host Friday night’s ESPN-televised Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game.

Below is the roster and bracket for the 2015 Taco Bell Skills Challenge: 

2015 TACO BELL SKILLS CHALLENGE PARTICIPANTS

Participant, Team                                             Pos.      Ht.       Wt.

Trey Burke, Utah Jazz                                        G          6-1       185

Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls                              G/F      6-7        220

Michael Carter-Williams, Philadelphia 76ers         G         6-6        190

Brandon Knight, Milwaukee Bucks                     G         6-3        189

Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors                              G         6-0        205

Jeff Teague, Atlanta Hawks                               G         6-2        181   

Isaiah Thomas, Phoenix Suns                            G         5-9        185

John Wall, Washington Wizards                         G         6-4        195

Kia Awards: Kyle Lowry

Toronto's Kyle Lowry is December's winner of the Kia Eastern Conference Player of the Month.

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Kia Awards: Kyle Lowry

Toronto's Kyle Lowry is December's winner of the Kia Eastern Conference Player of the Month.
Jan 4, 2015  |  00:00

Raptors Highlights: Lowry Finds Johnson - January 21, 2015

Kyle Lowry makes the bounce pass to Amir Johnson who finishes at the rim with a strong two-handed slam vs. Memphis Grizzlies.
Jan 21, 2015  |  00:17

Raptors Highlights: Lowry Takes It Back - January 19, 2015

Hustling back on defence, Kyle Lowry picks the ball from Brandon Knight and lays it in on the fast break vs. Milwaukee Bucks.
Jan 19, 2015  |  00:22

Lowry's Put Back Layup

Kyle Lowry sneaks in and makes the put back layup off the miss from Patrick Patterson.
Jan 20, 2015  |  00:00

Raptors Highlights: Lowry's Over The Shoulder Pass - January 14, 2015

Kyle Lowry makes the clean steal and delivers it over his shoulder to James Johnson on the fast break vs. Philadelphia 76ers.
Jan 14, 2015  |  00:14

Raptors Highlights: Lowry To JV Alley-Oop - January 12, 2015

Kyle Lowry sees all as he lobs it to Jonas Valanciunas for the powerful two-handed alley-oop slam vs. Detroit Pistons.
Jan 12, 2015  |  00:15

Lowry's Great Move

Kyle Lowry with a nice move and sinks a finger roll.
Jan 17, 2015  |  00:00

Raptors Highlights: Lowry To JJ Alley-Oop - December 28, 2014

Midway into the second quarter, Kyle Lowry finds James Johnson and lobs it for the alley-oop jam vs. Denver Nuggets.
Dec 28, 2014  |  00:18

Steal of the Night - Kyle Lowry

Kyle Lowry pokes the ball away from Ryan Anderson and gets it to DeMar Drozan at the other end for the finish.
Jan 17, 2015  |  00:00

Lowry's Career Night

Kyle Lowry dominated the Jazz with a career high 39 points as the Raptors win in Utah and take the season series.
Dec 4, 2014  |  01:11

Inside Stuff: Straight to the Hole

Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors shows off his love of golf and talks about his team's rise in the East.
Jan 2, 2015  |  00:00

Extra Stuff: Lowry on Failure

Kyle Lowry says he is not afraid of failure as long as he is trying 100%.
Jan 2, 2015  |  00:00

Lowry to Johnson

James Johnson takes the pass and finishes with a monster slam.
Dec 27, 2014  |  00:00

Lowry to Ross

Terrence Ross slams home a wonderful pass.
Dec 27, 2014  |  00:00

Lowry to Valanciunas

Jonas Valanciunas takes the pass and finishes with an easy slam.
Dec 27, 2014  |  00:00

Lowry Steal

Kyle Lowry steals the ball on the defensive end and drops a scoop on the offensive end.
Dec 26, 2014  |  00:00

Lowry From Three

Kyle Lowry buries a three from the corner.
Dec 16, 2014  |  00:00

Raptors Highlights: Lowry Down The Stretch - December 22, 2014

Kyle Lowry with a couple tough layups in the fourth quarter vs. the Chicago Bulls.
Dec 22, 2014  |  00:36

Raptors Highlights: Lowry To Patterson Alley-Oop - December 19, 2014

Patrick Patterson connects up top on the long distance lob pass from Kyle Lowry for a two-handed alley-oop jam vs. Detroit Pistons.
Dec 19, 2014  |  00:22

Raptors Highlights: Lowry Shakes And Bakes - December 15, 2014

Shaking and baking, watch as Kyle Lowry puts Victor Oladipo on skates before passing it to Landry Fields who knocks down the corner three vs. Orlando Magic.
Dec 15, 2014  |  00:34

Raptors Highlights: Lowry To Amir Alley-Oop - December 14, 2014

Kyle Lowry lobs it all the way from half-court as Amir Johnson connects for the alley-oop jam in the Big Apple vs. New York Knicks.
Dec 14, 2014  |  00:19

Raptors Highlights: Lowry Blocks Kyrie Irving - December 5, 2014

Swatting the ball with force, Kyle Lowry makes the big time block to deny Kyrie Irving's passing attempt vs. Cleveland Cavaliers.
Dec 5, 2014  |  00:22
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