Skills Competition field includes Giannis Antetokounmpo, Damian Lillard

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The Bucks' wing is set to be the tallest player to ever participate in the Skills Competition. Meanwhile, Damian Lillard is set to make All-Star Weekend history by participating in yet another event.

This year's NBA Skills Competition will include Giannis Antetokounmpo and Damian Lillard, the NBA announced on TNT on Thursday night. Let's take a look at each competitor one-by-one to see how they will be able to handle themselves during the All-Star weekend.


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Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks

Antetokounmpo is the most interesting name on the list. He's been a joy to watch in Milwaukee -- the only joyful part of the Bucks' disappointing year -- and, at almost 6'11, is the tallest player to ever participate in the Skills Competition.

Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers

The Blazers guard has an old man handle that, combined with a deadly in-and-out step-back move, allows him to be one of the best ball handlers in the game despite a common knock on his athleticism.

Victor Oladipo, Orlando Magic

One of the more ferocious young guards in the NBA, Oladipo is knowned for his quick footwork on the defensive end of the floor. Can he put it together against some of the best young true point guards in the league?

DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors

A former Slam Dunk Contest participant, the Raptors standout takes his game to the skills competition. He has shown growth as a more complete player this year and like Oladipo, whether he can keep up with the on-ball guards will be a treat.

Trey Burke, Utah Jazz

Trey Burke may just be the Rookie of the Year and he's been a bright spot in an otherwise dismal year in Utah. He has a great control of the ball and his passing abilities are on-par with many of his contemporaries. Getting Burke on a national stage was a must for the NBA.

Goran Dragic, Phoenix Suns

Dragic has had a breakout year and many believe he is one of the biggest All-Star snubs in either conference. He is a wizard with the ball and he should be a favorite in the competition.

Michael Carter-Williams, Philadelphia 76ers

The young Sixers guard is Trey Burke's competition for Rookie of the Year and he will be biting at his heels as he dribbles, shoots and passes his way around the course on All-Star Weekend. A favorite of basketball writers, Carter-Williams should prove a tough out for his competitors.

Reggie Jackson, Oklahoma City Thunder

Reggie Jackson has exploded onto the NBA scene as a replacement for Russell Westbrook and his inclusion in the competition is well-earned. Despite some early struggles, Jackson has taken over the point spot for Oklahoma City and handled the championship team with the class not many with his experience level have done. He will be an underdog, but that's where he's been all season and it hasn't proven insurmountable just yet.

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