Grading Every Skills Competition Contestant

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Grading Every Skills Competition Contestant
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Six of the NBA's slickest point guards converged in Houston on Friday night for the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, the second event on a packed All-Star Saturday slate.

Jrue Holiday, Brandon Knight, Jeff Teague, Tony Parker, Damian Lillard and Jeremy Lin all gave the now-familiar obstacle course a shot.

First introduced in 2003, the Skills Competition requires a few key ingredients for success.

Players have got to be quick and comfortable with a variety of passes and able to knock down a mid-range jumper. You wouldn't think elite NBA athletes would struggle in those areas, but in years past, that pesky 15-footer has deflated the hopes of more than one competitor.

This time around, a rookie slalomed his way to the title, but it wasn't easy.

There were missed shots, and many of the competitors suffered from an apparent desire to finish the course without the ball, but in the end, speed killed.

Here's a breakdown, complete with grades, for every participant in the 2013 Skills Challenge.

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