The NBA All-Star Skills Challenge is considered by many as simply a “warm-up” act for the main events in the three-point contest and slam dunk contest but it always provides significant entertainment for those who consume it. The 2017 contest was no different, as New York Knicks big man Kristaps Porzingis took home glory by outlasting Utah Jazz swingman Gordon Hayward in the head-to-head final round.
The duo of Porzingis and Hayward saved the best for last in what was an intriguing final round.
While the final round was actually awesome, there were some of the laughable moments that often add entertainment value in this particular event. The most amusing of which was a duo of sadness between Hayward and Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas.
That, somehow, qualified Hayward for entry to the finals. While he definitely performed at a higher level in the championship round, Porzingis was probably the right winner, and that reminds us that it is a rare occurrence to see league-wide success from a member of the Knicks.
Kristaps Porzingis can shoot, pass, glide around the floor like a guard and even beat “defenders” to the rim. He showed off that highly versatile skill set on Friday evening and there is a reason he is referred to as a unicorn.