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Former champions Jayson Tatum, Derrick Rose return to headline All-Star Skills Challenge

The NBA All-Star Saturday Skills Challenge is STACKED.

Half of the field, four of the eight participants, have won this thing before.

That includes bringing back Boston’s Jayson Tatum, who won the event last year and now will defend his crown.

This year’s All-Star Challenge competitors are:

• Bam Adebayo, Heat
• Patrick Beverley, Clippers
• Spencer Dinwiddie, Nets
• Khris Middleton, Bucks
• Derrick Rose, Pistons
• Domantas Sabonis, Pacers
• Pascal Siakam, Raptors
• Jayson Tatum, Celtics

Beverley, Dinwiddie, Rose, and Tatum have all won this event in the past. This challenge also has five players taking part in the All-Star Game on Sunday.

The rules are the same; this is a head-to-head tournament where players have to maneuver an obstacle-course competition that tests their dribbling, passing, agility, and 3-point shooting.

The skills competition, along with the Dunk Contest and Three-Point contest, highlight All-Star Saturday night, taking place at the United Center in Chicago Feb. 15.

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