Though some may feel that NBA All-Star Weekend is not important, it is by far my favorite All-Star game of any league.
Each NBA All-Star weekend, the NBA asks some of it's star players to represent their teams in events on NBA All-Star Saturday Night.
The events include the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest, the Foot Locker Three-Point Shoot Out, the Haier Shooting Stars and the second-year Geico H.O.R.S.E competition.
Throughout this week, I will be having an in-depth look at all of the competitions. This will be a look at the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, where reigning campion Derrick Rose has returned to participate once again.
The Taco Bell Skills Challenge is a passing, dribbling and shooting competition timed. The two fastest times go into the finals while the other two are eliminated. The fastest of the two finalists is the winner of the Taco Bell Skills Challenge.
Brandon Jennings will be participating in the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge as well as the Taco Bell Skills Challenge.
Near the beginning of the 2009-2010 NBA season, fans were amazed when the young guard put up 55 points over the Golden State Warriors.
Since that, Jennings has still played at the top of his game, ranking tenth in the NBA with 6.3 assists per game while also averaging 17.1 points per game.
Jennings will likely receive fourth place in the competition because he will be facing the Challenge's three previous champs.
Rose is a first-time All-Star this season and will be competing in the Skills Challenge for a second year in a row. Rose defeated Devin Harris, Tony Parker and Mo Williams to win last years' contest.
Rose is currently averaging just under twenty points, 3.7 rebounds and just under six assists per game.
Rose is of the best young players in the NBA and has quite a career ahead of him but I can't pick against the two others guys in the competition for one reason, location.
Steve Nash will be in his sixth All-Star Game this season, his second as the West Conference's starting point guard. Nash is a former champion of the Skills Challenge, won in 2005.
This season, Nash is currently averaging 11.1 assists, second in the NBA, along with 18.4 points and 3.3 rebounds per game.
Nash is my pick for second in the Challenge due to the fact that it is in Dallas, Nash's home as a Maverick for six seasons. Nash is the player I will be pulling for in this contest, but the player I am predicting to win it all is from none other than Dallas, the venue for the Challenge.
Williams has been one of the best point guards in the NBA for years, yet this will be Williams' first time attending the NBA All-Star Game.
Williams is a former champion of the Skills Challenge, winning it in 2008. Williams actually even holds the record for best time in the contest. Williams was not in the Skills Challenge last season.
Williams is currently fourth in the NBA in assists, with 9.7 assists per game and is also averaging 19 points and a career high four rebounds per game.
Williams is my pick to win it all because the competition is in Dallas, Williams' hometown and Williams will want to re-capture the title that is rightfully his, since he was not in the competition last season.