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The Skills Challenge (originally named 989 Sports Skills Challenge, now named the PlayStation Skills Challenge) is a National Basketball Association (NBA) contest held on the Saturday before the annual All-Star Game as part of the All-Star Weekend. First debuted in 2003, it is a competition among guards. In this contest, participant first shoots a layup. After dribbling between three obstacles, the player must throw a pass into a first net that does not touch the ground and followed it with another pass into a second net that must touch the ground. Then, the player shoots a jump shot from 20-feet from the basket. Next, the player must throw a long pass from close to the basket into a third net. Finally, the player will dribble between a second set of three obstacles and complete the challenge with a layup or shot. When all of these tasks are completed successfully, the timer is stopped. Out of four participants, the two with the fastest times advance to the finals. The final round is played in the same way as the first round with the player with the fastest times winning the contest. In the contest, basic ball-handling rules must be observed.

The current champion is Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls who ended the competition with a slam dunk with a time of 35.3 seconds.

Winners

Denotes players who are still active
Player (#) Denotes the number of times the player has won
Team (#) Denotes the number of times a player from this team has won
Season Player Team Time
2002–03 Kidd, JasonJason Kidd New Jersey Nets 35.1 seconds
2003–04 Davis, BaronBaron Davis New Orleans Hornets 31.6 seconds
2004–05 Nash, SteveSteve Nash Phoenix Suns 25.4 seconds[a]
2005–06 Wade, DwyaneDwyane Wade Miami Heat 26.1 seconds
2006–07 Wade, DwyaneDwyane Wade† (2) Miami Heat (2) 26.4 seconds
2007–08 Williams, DeronDeron Williams Utah Jazz 25.5 seconds
2008–09 Rose, DerrickDerrick Rose Chicago Bulls 35.3 seconds

All-time participants

Player
(in bold text)
Indicates the winner of the contest
Player (#) Denotes the number of times the player has been in the contest
Season Players
2002–03 Jason Kidd, Stephon Marbury, Tony Parker, Gary Payton
2003–04 Earl Boykins, Baron Davis, Derek Fisher, Stephon Marbury (2)
2004–05 Gilbert Arenas, Earl Boykins (2), Steve Nash, Luke Ridnour,
2005–06 LeBron James, Steve Nash (2), Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade
2006–07 Kobe Bryant, LeBron James (2), Chris Paul (2), Dwyane Wade (2)
2007–08 Jason Kidd (2), Chris Paul (3), Dwyane Wade (3), Deron Williams
2008–09 Devin Harris, Jameer Nelson[b], Tony Parker (2), Derrick Rose, Mo Williams
  • a  Steve Nash, of the Phoenix Suns, finished in 25.4 seconds which is the event record.
  • b  Jameer Nelson was injured and was replaced by Mo Williams.

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