Boykins, Ridnour will also participate
NEW YORK -- One week after being selected as an NBA All-Star for the first time in his career, Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas was named one of four participants in the Skills Challenge on Thursday.
Arenas, who is eighth in the league in scoring at 24.7 points per game, will join three-time All-Star Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns, Earl Boykins of the Denver Nuggets and Luke Ridnour of the Seattle SuperSonics in an event on All-Star Saturday highlighting some of the league's most talented point guards.
|3-Point Shootout Winners|
|2005||Q. Richardson, Suns|
|2004||V. Lenard, Nuggets|
|2003||P. Stojakovic, Kings|
|2002||P. Stojakovic, Kings|
|2001||Ray Allen, Bucks|
|2000||Jeff Hornacek, Jazz|
|1998||Jeff Hornacek, Jazz|
|1997||Steve Kerr, Bulls|
|1996||Tim Legler, Bullets|
|1995||Glen Rice, Heat|
|1994||Mark Price, Cavs|
|1993||Mark Price, Cavs|
|1992||Craig Hodges, Bulls|
|1991||Craig Hodges, Bulls|
|1990||Craig Hodges, Bulls|
|1989||Dale Ellis, Sonics|
|1988||Larry Bird, Celtics|
|1987||Larry Bird, Celtics|
|1986||Larry Bird, Celtics|
The 54th NBA All-Star Game will take place Feb. 20 in Denver.
Nash is the only player in the league averaging double figures in assists (11.3), helping the Suns to the best record in the league at 39-11. He is shooting a career-high 52 percent from the field and averaging 16.1 points.
Boykins, the shortest player in the league at 5-5, is the only returning member of the four. Boykins -- who competed with Baron Davis, Derek Fisher and Stephon Marbury in this event last year -- is averaging career highs in points (11.6) and assists (3.7). Davis won last year's competition.
Ridnour, in his second season, has averaged 10.2 points and 6.2 assists this season. He is second in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.65).
The Skills Challenge, which debuted in 2003, will be comprised of a two-round timed obstacle course event consisting of dribbling, passing and shooting stations. It will be televised at 8 p.m. ET on TNT.
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