NBA All-Star Weekend: Taco Bell Skills Challenge participants

Feb 16, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Portland Trailblazers guard Damian Laillard (0) during the 2013 NBA all star skills challenge at the Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Feb 16, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Portland Trailblazers guard Damian Laillard (0) during the 2013 NBA all star skills challenge at the Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The participants for the 2014 Taco Bell Skills Challenge were announced Thursday night.

Portland Trail Blazers’ point guard Damian Lillard returns to the event to defend his crown. He’ll be joined by an impressive list of players, including Toronto Raptors’ guard DeMar DeRozan, Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Reggie Jackson and Phoenix Suns’ point guard Goran Dragic.

Joining them will be four rookies who were selected in the 2013 NBA Draft.

Philadelphia 76ers’ point guard Michael Carter-Williams, Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo, Utah Jazz point guard Trey Burke and Milwaukee Bucks’ guard Giannis Antetokounmpo will take part in the event.

The event is described by NBA.com as a “two-round timed relay-style course consisting of dribbling, passing and shooting stations.”

This year, things are a little different as the players will be split into teams.

EASTERN CONFERENCE 2014 TACO BELL SKILLS CHALLENGE PARTICIPANTS

Team One

> Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks

> DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors

Team Two

> Michael Carter-Williams, Phila. 76ers

> Victor Oladipo, Orlando Magic

WESTERN CONFERENCE 2014 TACO BELL SKILLS CHALLENGE PARTICIPANTS

Team One

> Trey Burke, Utah Jazz

> Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers

Team Two

> Goran Dragic, Phoenix Suns

> Reggie Jackson, Oklahoma City Thunder

The challenge will take place on Saturday, February 15 during All-Star Saturday Night on TNT.

Topics: All-Star Weekend, Damian Lillard, DeMar DeRozan, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Goran Dragic, Michael Carter-Williams, Milwaukee Bucks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, Reggie Jackson, Taco Bell Skills Challenge, Toronto Raptors, Trey Burke, Utah Jazz, Victor Oladipo

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