The Orlando Magic will be well represented at NBA All-Star Saturday Night 2014. The league announced Thursday that two Magic guards will take part in two separate events that night: Victor Oladipo is set to compete in the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, while Arron Afflalo will take part in the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest.
The Skills Challenge tests its competitors' playmaking skills by forcing them to dribble, pass, and shoot their way through an obstacle course. In it, Oladipo will square off against Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, Toronto Raptors swingman DeMar DeRozan, Philadelphia 76ers point guard Michael Carter-Williams, Utah Jazz point guard Trey Burke, Portland Trail Blazers point guard and defending champion Damian Lillard, Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragić, and Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Reggie Jackson.
Oladipo becomes the first Magic player to ever compete in the Skills Challenge. The league invited Jameer Nelson to participate in 2009, but he had to withdraw due to injury.
Afflalo, meanwhile, will join six other players to challenge reigning Three-Point Contest champion Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers. The rest of the field is Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal, Brooklyn Nets swingman Joe Johnson, San Antonio Spurs guard Marco Belinelli, Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry, Lillard, and Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love.
Afflalo is shooting 42.7 percent from three-point range in the 2013/14 season, averaging 1.9 made three-pointers per game. He joins Ryan Anderson (2012), Rashard Lewis (2009), Pat Garrity (2001, 2003), Mike Miller (2002), Dennis Scott (1991, 1996), and Nick Anderson (1995) as Orlando's all-time representatives in the annual shooting exhibition.