2012 NBA Skills Challenge: Four PGs Compete In ... Something

LOS ANGELES CA - FEBRUARY 19: Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls competes in the Taco Bell Skills Challenge apart of NBA All-Star Saturday Night at Staples Center on February 19 2011 in Los Angeles California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

John Wall, Derrick Rose, Rajon Rondo and Chris Paul will compete in the 2012 Taco Bell Skills Challenge.

In the event that has become the red-headed stepchild of the NBA All-Star Weekend, four point guards will compete in the Taco Bell Skills Challenge crown. Defending champ Stephen Curry dropped out due to injury, so the contests will be Rajon Rondo, John Wall, Derrick Rose and Chris Paul.

Players are timed in an obstacle course where they dribble around cones, pass the ball at a trampoline and generally look ridiculous.

NBA.com informs us that Curry won last year's event with a time of 28.2 seconds, which is apparently an impressive time, as it was the only sub-30 second score of the night.

Wall might be the NBA's fastest player with the ball in his hands, but the inclusion of a three-point shot could derail his hopes of winning, as he's only a 27 percent career shooter from long range.

Of course, anything can happen in such a small sample size, which is why dunks and three-pointers, inherently more exciting than dribbling and passing a basketball, are usually the main attractions on the All-Star Saturday Night telecast.

The Taco Bell Skills Challenge will be the second event held during All-Star Saturday Night festivities, which begin 8 p.m. ET on TNT.

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