Skills Challenge Competition 2016 Toronto
Skills Challenge Competition 2016 Toronto

The NBA Skills Challenge (officially named The Taco Bell 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 held in 2003, it is a competition to test ball-handling, passing and shooting ability.

Until the 2022 edition, two participants raced against each other on identical courses by first dribbling between five obstacles while running down the court. Next, the player must throw a pass into an upright hoop. Then, the players must dribble back the full length of the court for a lay up. Shortly after, the players must dribble back down the court and hit a three pointer from the top of the basketball key. The match ends when the first player hits the three pointer. The champion was decided via a single elimination tournament format, with a guard and a frontcourt player guaranteed to face off in the final round. Frontcourt players were first allowed and invited to participate in 2016, and the event has since crowned centers and forwards as winners, beginning with Karl-Anthony Towns that year[1] and followed by Kristaps Porziņģis in 2017, Bam Adebayo in 2020, and current champion Domantas Sabonis.

Since 2022, a new format[2] was introduced. Under the new format, three teams will participate in a four-round competition. The first is a shooting round between. The second round is a passing challenge. The third round is a relay competition. The final round, between the two leading teams, is a half court shooting contest.


Steve Nash (left), Dwyane Wade (center), and Damian Lillard (right) share the record for most titles won (2).
dagger Denotes players who are still active
Player(s) (#) Denotes the number of times the player has won
Team(s) (#) Denotes the number of times a player from this team has won
Season Player(s) Nationality Team(s) Time
2002–03 Jason Kidd  United States New Jersey Nets 35.1 seconds
2003–04 Baron Davis  United States New Orleans Hornets 31.6 seconds
2004–05 Steve Nash  Canada Phoenix Suns 25.8 seconds
2005–06 Dwyane Wade  United States Miami Heat 26.1 seconds
2006–07 Dwyane Wade (2)  United States Miami Heat (2) 26.4 seconds
2007–08 Deron Williams  United States Utah Jazz 25.5 seconds[a]
2008–09 Derrick Rose  United States Chicago Bulls 35.3 seconds
2009–10 Steve Nash (2)  Canada Phoenix Suns (2) 29.9 seconds
2010–11 Stephen Curry  United States Golden State Warriors 28.2 seconds
2011–12 Tony Parker  France San Antonio Spurs 32.8 seconds
2012–13 Damian Lillard  United States Portland Trail Blazers 29.8 seconds
2013–14 Damian Lillard (2)
Trey Burke
 United States
 United States
Portland Trail Blazers (2)
Utah Jazz (2)
45.2 seconds
2014–15 Patrick Beverley  United States Houston Rockets
2015–16 Karl-Anthony Towns  Dominican Republic Minnesota Timberwolves
2016–17 Kristaps Porziņģis  Latvia New York Knicks
2017–18 Spencer Dinwiddie  United States Brooklyn Nets (2)
2018–19 Jayson Tatum  United States Boston Celtics
2019–20 Bam Adebayo  United States Miami Heat (3)
2020–21 Domantas Sabonis  Lithuania Indiana Pacers
2021–22 Darius Garland
Evan Mobley
Jarrett Allen
 United States
 United States
 United States
Cleveland Cavaliers
2022–23 Jordan Clarkson
Walker Kessler
Collin Sexton
 United States
 United States
Utah Jazz (3)

All-time participants

(in bold text)
Indicates the winner of the contest
Player (#) Denotes the number of times the player has been in the contest
Year Players
2003 Jason Kidd, Stephon Marbury, Tony Parker, Gary Payton
2004 Earl Boykins, Baron Davis, Derek Fisher, Stephon Marbury (2)
2005 Gilbert Arenas, Earl Boykins (2), Steve Nash, Luke Ridnour
2006 LeBron James, Steve Nash (2), Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade
2007 Kobe Bryant, LeBron James (2), Chris Paul (2), Dwyane Wade (2)
2008 Jason Kidd (2), Chris Paul (3), Dwyane Wade (3), Deron Williams
2009 Devin Harris, Jameer Nelson[b], Tony Parker (2), Derrick Rose, Mo Williams
2010 Brandon Jennings, Steve Nash (3), Derrick Rose[c], Deron Williams (2), Russell Westbrook
2011 Stephen Curry, Chris Paul (4), Derrick Rose (2), John Wall, Russell Westbrook (2)
2012 Stephen Curry[d] (2), Kyrie Irving, Tony Parker (3), Rajon Rondo, John Wall (2), Russell Westbrook (3), Deron Williams (3)
2013 Jrue Holiday, Brandon Knight, Damian Lillard, Jeremy Lin, Tony Parker (4), Jeff Teague
2014 DeMar DeRozan/Giannis Antetokounmpo, Michael Carter-Williams/Victor Oladipo, Reggie Jackson/Goran Dragić, Damian Lillard (2)/Trey Burke[e]
2015 ((Isaiah Thomas vs. John Wall (3)[f], Patrick Beverley), (Michael Carter-Williams (2)[g], Robert Covington[g], Elfrid Payton vs. Jeff Teague (2))) vs. ((Trey Burke (2) vs. Brandon Knight (2)), (Jimmy Butler[h], Dennis Schröder vs. Kyle Lowry[i]))
2016 ((Jordan Clarkson vs. CJ McCollum), (Isaiah Thomas (2) vs. Patrick Beverley (2)[j], Emmanuel Mudiay)) vs. ((Draymond Green vs. Karl-Anthony Towns), (DeMarcus Cousins vs. Anthony Davis))
2017 ((Gordon Hayward vs. John Wall (4)), (Devin Booker vs. Isaiah Thomas (3))) vs. ((DeMarcus Cousins (2) vs. Kristaps Porziņģis), (Joel Embiid[k], Nikola Jokić vs. Anthony Davis (2)))
2018 ((Al Horford vs. Joel Embiid (2)), (Kristaps Porziņģis (2)[l], Andre Drummond vs. Lauri Markkanen)) vs. ((Spencer Dinwiddie vs. Donovan Mitchell[m], Buddy Hield), (Jamal Murray vs. Lou Williams))
2019 ((Nikola Jokić (2) vs. Nikola Vučević), (Mike Conley Jr. vs. Jayson Tatum)) vs. ((De'Aaron Fox vs. Trae Young), (Luka Dončić vs. Kyle Kuzma))
2020 ((Spencer Dinwiddie (2) vs. Bam Adebayo), (Patrick Beverley (3) vs. Pascal Siakam)) vs. ((Shai Gilgeous-Alexander vs. Khris Middleton), (Jayson Tatum (2) vs. Domantas Sabonis))
2021 (((Domantas Sabonis (2) vs. Julius Randle) vs. Luka Dončić)) vs. (((Nikola Vučević vs. Robert Covington) vs. Chris Paul (5)))
2022 Antetokounmpos (Alex, Giannis (2), and Thanasis Antetokounmpo) vs. Cavs (Jarrett Allen, Darius Garland, Evan Mobley) vs. Rooks (Scottie Barnes, Cade Cunningham, Josh Giddey)

Tournament Bracket (2015–2021)

Starting with the 2015 edition of the Skills Challenge, a tournament format was adopted.

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
Isaiah Thomas (Phoenix) X
Patrick Beverley (Houston) O
Patrick Beverley (Houston) O
Jeff Teague (Atlanta) X
Jeff Teague (Atlanta) O
Elfrid Payton (Orlando) X
Patrick Beverley (Houston) O
Brandon Knight (Milwaukee) X
Trey Burke (Utah) X
Brandon Knight (Milwaukee) O
Brandon Knight Milwaukee) O
Kyle Lowry (Toronto) X
Kyle Lowry (Toronto) O
Dennis Schröder (Atlanta) X
Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
CJ McCollum (Portland) O
Jordan Clarkson (L.A. Lakers) X
CJ McCollum (Portland) X
Isaiah Thomas (Boston) O
Isaiah Thomas (Boston) O
Emmanuel Mudiay (Denver) X
Isaiah Thomas (Boston) X
Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota) O
Draymond Green (Golden State) X
Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota) O
Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota) O
DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento) X
DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento) O
Anthony Davis (New Orleans) X
Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
John Wall (Washington) X
Gordon Hayward (Utah) O
Gordon Hayward (Utah) O
Isaiah Thomas (Boston) X
Isaiah Thomas (Boston) O
Devin Booker (Phoenix) X
Gordon Hayward (Utah) X
Kristaps Porziņģis (New York) O
DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento) X
Kristaps Porziņģis (New York) O
Kristaps Porziņģis (New York) O
Nikola Jokić (Denver) X
Anthony Davis (New Orleans) X
Nikola Jokić (Denver) O
Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
Spencer Dinwiddie (Brooklyn) O
Buddy Hield (Sacramento) X
Spencer Dinwiddie (Brooklyn) O
Jamal Murray (Denver) X
Jamal Murray (Denver) O
Lou Williams (LA Clippers) X
Spencer Dinwiddie (Brooklyn) O
Lauri Markkanen (Chicago) X
Al Horford (Boston) X
Joel Embiid (Philadelphia) O
Joel Embiid (Philadelphia) X
Lauri Markkanen (Chicago) O
Lauri Markkanen (Chicago) O
Andre Drummond (Detroit) X
Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
Nikola Jokić (Denver) O
Nikola Vučević (Orlando) X
Nikola Jokić (Denver) X
Jayson Tatum (Boston) O
Mike Conley Jr. (Memphis) X
Jayson Tatum (Boston) O
Jayson Tatum (Boston) O
Trae Young (Atlanta) X
De'Aaron Fox (Sacramento) X
Trae Young (Atlanta) O
Trae Young (Atlanta) O
Luka Dončić (Dallas) X
Luka Dončić (Dallas) O
Kyle Kuzma (LA Lakers) X
Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
Spencer Dinwiddie (Brooklyn) X
Bam Adebayo (Miami) O
Bam Adebayo (Miami) O
Pascal Siakam (Toronto) X
Patrick Beverley (LA Clippers) X
Pascal Siakam (Toronto) O
Bam Adebayo (Miami) O
Domantas Sabonis (Indiana) X
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Oklahoma City) X
Khris Middleton (Milwaukee) O
Khris Middleton (Milwaukee) X
Domantas Sabonis (Indiana) O
Jayson Tatum (Boston) X
Domantas Sabonis (Indiana) O
Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
Domantas Sabonis (Indiana) O
Domantas Sabonis (Indiana) O Luka Dončić (Dallas) X
Julius Randle (New York) X Domantas Sabonis (Indiana) O
Nikola Vučević (Orlando) X
Nikola Vučević (Orlando) O
Nikola Vučević (Orlando) O Chris Paul (Phoenix) X
Robert Covington (Portland) X


Season Sponsor
2002–03 989 Sports
2003–04 989 Sports
2004–05 PlayStation
2005–06 PlayStation
2006–07 PlayStation
2007–08 PlayStation
2008–09 PlayStation
2009–10 Taco Bell
2010–11 Taco Bell
2011–12 Taco Bell
2012–13 Taco Bell
2013–14 Taco Bell
2014–15 Taco Bell
2015–16 Taco Bell
2016–17 Taco Bell
2017–18 Taco Bell
2018–19 Taco Bell
2019–20 Taco Bell
2020–21 Taco Bell
2021–22 Taco Bell
2022–23 Chuck E Cheese


  1. ^ Jordan Clarkson was born in the United States but naturalized Filipino. He represents the Philippines in international games.


  1. ^ Stepping up for the big men, Towns wins the Skills Challenge by Kyle Ratke Minnesota Timberwolves
  2. ^ "NBA All-Star Skills Challenge: Explaining new format, rules".
  3. ^ "Deron Williams to defend his Skills Challenge Record, 2010 All Star"