The NBA Skills Competition is best suited for a smaller player, but Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns didn't let size hinder him as he won the eight-man tournament at NBA All-Star Weekend in Toronto on Saturday night. The Skills Competition is an obstacle course of sorts that test dribbling, passing, and shooting ability, and Towns aced the test despite being one of the biggest man in the competition. Towns defeated the smallest man, Celtics' guard Isaiah Thomas, in the final round to win. Last year's winner, Houston's Patrick Beverley, didn't compete due to injury.
Towns spoke about what it meant for a big man to prove his skill as the game changes.
I'm glad I was able to help the bigs come out with this trophy," said Towns, the No. 1 overall pick in the June draft. "This is bigger than me. This is for all the bigs out there, with the game changing the way it is, to show that bigs can stand up with guards and skillwise."
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