The NBA Skills Contest will be taking place this Saturday, the 18th. Due to a recent injury to Joel Embiid, Nikola Jokic is set to take his place.

In his second year in the NBA, Jokic has become a sweet surprise for the Denver Nuggets (25-30) who are sitting at the 8th seed in the Western Conference! That’s intriguing, considering they generally weren’t considered to be a playoff team coming into this season.

Jokic will be joined by Kristaps Porzingis (NYK), DeMarcus Cousins (SAC), Anthony Davis (NOP), Isaiah Thomas (BOS), Gordon Hayward (UTA), John Wall (WSH), and Devin Booker (PHX).

Typically in the past, this contest has been mostly guards so it will be interesting to see what kind of activities the players will have to complete.

Jokic brings a unique skill-set to this competition. He has shown the ability to pass which is starting to become more common for these new big guys. He is capable from scoring from the post, and can either roll or pop off a screen. His mid-range shot has become efficient and deadly. Jokic has the tools to become a top center in this league.

Hell, he even had a triple-double the other night against the Golden State Warriors. Not anyone can just do that.

Out of all the big-men competing, I think Nikola Jokic possesses the most unique skillset. He’s the best passer in the group, and may even have the highest basketball IQ.

Porzingis still relies a lot on his size, and his physical being is still developing. He’s a tremendous shooter but struggles on defense at times. If not for his length, Porzingis is not the same guy and perhaps he wouldn’t be in this conversation.

Anthony Davis is the best power forward in the NBA and has been for a while. He has guard-like skills with good ball-handling and passing for his size. He isn’t getting much attention due to the Pelicans’ success, but he has been all-star caliber as always.

Cousins is the best center in the NBA, and for anyone to disagree is honestly lost. Embiid is an interesting talent, but this is his rookie year. Let’s see if he can keep it up after this season, hopefully avoiding injuries too.

NBA All-Star Weekend is upon us and it’s going to be exciting to see all the players represent their franchises, and show everyone why basketball is the best sport in the world!

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