2017 All-Star Skills Competition:

Predictions:

Ernie Johnson: Isaiah Thomas

Kenny Smith: Gordon Hayward

Shaquille O’Neal: DeMarcus Cousins

Charles Barkley: Isaiah Thomas

Reggie Miller: Nikola Jokic

Participants; Guards:
  • Isaiah Thomas
  • Gordon Hayward
  • Devin Booker
  • John Wall
Participants, Bigs:
  • Kristaps Porzingis
  • DeMarcus Cousins
  • Anthony Davis
  • Nijola Jokic

2016 was the first year they started the new skills competition format. The format consists of guards facing each other and then big guys facing each other. The best of each size meet in the finals.

First Round Results:

The first Match-up was John Wall Vs. Gordon Hayward.

Winner: Gordon Hayward
  • Hayward struggled with the chest pass, but came back down court after Wall had beaten him to the three point line. Hayward knocked in a three to win after Wall had missed his first attempt.

Next up, Isaiah Thomas VS. Devin Booker

Winner: Isaiah Thomas
  • Isaiah knocked down his first chest pass, and knocked down his second three point attempt (Booker was never in the picture)

Next up, Kristaps Porzingis VS. DeMarcus Cousins

Winner: Kristaps Porzingis
  • Porzingis was first to hit the three point shot, after several missed attempts by both himself and DeMarcus Cousins.

To wrap up the first round, Anthony Davis VS Nikola Jokic

Winner: Nikola Jokic
  • Jokic struggled with the chest pass, but was able to hustle down court and hit the dreaded three point shot. Jokic knocked out the home-town favorite in the first round (ouch).

Semi Finals Results:

Gordon Hayward VS Isaiah Thomas

Winner: Gordon Hayward
  • Hayward and Thomas were neck and neck, they both knocked each others shots around the rim, but Hayward finally dropped one in.

Kristaps Porzingis VS Nikola Jokic

Winner: Kristaps Porzingis
  • Porzingis jumped out to a huge lead, missed his three pointer, sank his second one. Kristaps shot sank just in time as a running and gunning Jokic launched a 40-footer as a last chance, and banked it in, but just after Porzingis’s shot went down.

Final Round Results:

Kristaps Porzingis VS Gordon Hayward

Winner: Kristaps Porzingis
  • Porzingis lifts the spirits of New York Knick fans everywhere. Kristaps was neck and neck with Hayward, stepped right into his three pointer and drilled it.

Kristaps Porzingis Wins The 2017 Skills Competition

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