Andre Drummond definitely isn’t a favorite to win tonight’s Taco Bell Skills Challenge as part of NBA All-Star weekend, but i’ll be fun to see the big man take a part in the obstacle course.
The Skills challenge will be the first prime-time event so hopefully will begin around 8 p.m.
Drummond is an injury replacement for defending champion Kristaps Porzingis. The Pistons big man, if he makes the finals could face off against former Piston and current Brooklyn Net Spencer Dinwiddie, Lou Williams (Clippers), Jamal Murray (Nuggets) or Buddy Hield (Kings) representing the wings.
Drummond will be racing one of his big men competitors on an obstacle course that will test his ball handling by weaving through five obstacles, then he’ll need to pass a ball through a tire into a net then he’ll need to run the length of the floor for a layup. After he does all that he’ll need to show off his 3-point shooting skills from the top of the key.
Markkanen, Horford and Embiid have a combined 643 3-point attempts this season. Drummond has attempted six 3-pointers this season (making none). Drummond’s average shot distance was 34.5 feet and consists of four potential buzzer beaters and a couple 24-footers in blowouts.
Shock the world, Dre. But my money is on Markkenen.