The skills challenge held as a part of All-Star festivities was exciting as you had 3 teams battle it out in various challenges pitting their skills against each other. The first challenge was the shooting challenge followed by the passing challenge and then the dribbling challenge. Three teams participated in the challenge. Team rooks with rookies Josh Giddey, Cade Cunningham, and Scottie Barnes, Team Antetokounmpos with 3 of the 4 Antetokounmpo brothers (Giannis, Thanasis, and Alex), and team Cavaliers with Darius Garland, Evan Mobley, and Jarrett Allen.
The first 2 challenges were worth 100 points each while the dribbling challenge was worth 200 points. Team Cavaliers won the shooting challenge and Team Antetokounmpos won the passing challenge but Team rooks won the dribbling challenge, getting 200 points and heading to the finals. The other 2 teams had to shoot a 3 pointer for the tiebreaker and team Cavaliers ended up making the shot.
The final round was for both teams to make half-court shots and the team that made it the fastest would win. Cade Cunningham made the shot after 9 seconds on the clock. While the Rooks did it pretty quickly and had a good chance to win it. But Cavaliers rookie Evan Mobley had other plans as he sunk the half-court 3 pointers in 5 seconds, beating the Rooks and winning the skills challenge for his team.
With the All-Star game being held in Cleveland it was a great moment for the Cavaliers trio to win the challenge at home in front of their fans. Mobley was also a part of Team Barry which won the Rising-stars game yesterday. Garland and Allen are both first-time All-Stars this season. The Cavaliers have been one of the most surprising and exciting teams this season. They are currently the 4th seed in the Eastern conference and show a lot of promise with the young talent they have.