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Spencer Dinwiddie selected for NBA Skills Challenge

NBA: Brooklyn Nets at Minnesota Timberwolves Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Spencer Dinwiddie’s extraordinary year continues.

The Nets announced Thursday night that although “Spencer Dinwiddie NBAVote” failed, Brooklyn’s point guard has been selected to the NBA Skills Challenge.

Part of NBA All-Star Weekend, the Skills Challenge will take place on February. 17 at Staples Center in Los Angeles at 8 p.m. ET. The invitation will have special meaning for the 24-year, who’s a native of nearby Woodland Hills.

A month ago, during the NBA Vote campaign, Dinwiddie expressed gratitude to the fans who voted for him and expressed a desire to play in the Skills Challenge. After he hit the game-winning shot in a gutsy 98-97 victory over Minnesota, Dinwiddie told NetsDaily, “I’m trying to go [to All-Star Weekend]. At least get me in the Skills Challenge! Why not?”


Dinwiddie would make for an intriging contestant in the Skills Challenge. He’s been among the league leaders the NBA for assist-to-turnover ratio all season long. And he’s become one of the NBA’s most intriguing stories of the young season, being called, among other things, a “revelation” and a “folk hero.”

He’s currently averaging 13.5 points and 6.4 assists, starting 41 of the Nets 51 games after Jeremy Lin went down for the season on Opening Night and D’Angelo Russell underwent knee surgery, missing 33 games. A little more than a year ago, he was toiling in the D-League.

He will be one of eight players competing in the challenge, against defending champion Kristaps Porzingis of the Knicks; Donovan Mitchell of the Jazz; Joel Embiid of the 76ers; Lauri Markkannen of the Bulls; Lou Williams of the Clippers; Jamal Murray of the Nuggets and Al Horford of the Celtics.

The skills on which the eight will be judged include ball-handling, passing, lay up/dunk and 3-point shot.

Dinwiddie will be the fourth Net to participate in the Skills Challenge, joining Jason Kidd (2003 and 2008), Devin Harris (2009) and Deron Williams (2012). Kidd won the event in its inaugural season in 2003.