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NBA All-Star Game 2020: Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam accepts invite to compete in Skills Challenge

It will be a busy All-Star Weekend for Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam.

In addition to making his first All-Star appearance as a starter on Sunday, Siakam will participate in the Taco Bell Skills Challenge on All-Star Saturday Night.

Siakam becomes the third Raptor to participate in the Skills Challenge and the first since Kyle Lowry did so in 2015. Siakam joins a list of participants that includes Detroit Pistons guard Derrick Rose and Miami Heat big man Bam Adebayo.

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In years past, the Skills Challenge has been a tournament-style competition featuring eight players - four guards and four frontcourt players. Participants race against one another on identical courses that include dribbling obstacles, passing and shooting.

Recently, guards and frontcourt players were placed on opposite sides of the bracket, meaning the championship is guaranteed to pit a guard against a "big."

Last season, Jayson Tatum won the competition.

Siakam, who is far from a traditional big man, has put his skills on display so far this season as he is averaging career-bests in points (23.7), rebounds (7.6) and assists (3.4) per game. He has a good shot at taking home the title in this year's challenge.

All-Star Saturday night begins at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, Feb. 15 at the United Center. The 69th NBA All-Star Game will take place on Feb. 16 at 8:20 p.m. ET.

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