Orlando Magic guards Arron Afflalo and Victor Oladipo have been selected to participate in the 3-point contest and skills challenge, respectively, at the NBA All-Star Weekend in New Orleans.
Both events will take place the night of Feb. 15. Oladipo had already been chosen to take part in the Rising Stars Challenge featuring first- and second-year players on Feb. 14.
Afflalo is shooting 42.7 percent (90 of 211) from 3-point range this season, ranking him among the top 10 players in that category. He will be the ninth Magic player in franchise history chosen to participate in the long-distance shootout and the first since Ryan Anderson in 2012. No one from the Magic has ever won the contest.
The skills challenge was introduced in 2003 and features players competing in a timed obstacle course consisting of dribbling, passing and shooting stations. Oladipo is the second Magic player to be selected to the competition. Jameer Nelson was chosen in 2009 but was unable to participate due to an injury.
Also competing in the 3-point contest is Washington’s Bradley Beal, Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving and Brooklyn’s Joe Johnson from the Eastern Conference, and San Antonio’s Marco Belinelli, Golden State’s Stephen Curry, Portland’s Damian Lillard and Minnesota’s Kevin Love from the Western Conference.
Joining Oladipo in the skills competition will be Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan, Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo and Philadelphia’s Michael Carter-Williams from the East, and defending champ Damian Lillard of Portland, Utah’s Trey Burke, Oklahoma City’s Reggie Jackson and Phoenix’s Goran Dragic from the West.