Sole Watch: 2014 NBA Skills Challenge

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It was all about fundamentals when six of the NBA's youngest ball handlers suited up for the 2014 Skills Challenge. The event tests a player's ability to dribble, pass and shoot in an obstacle course setup. This year, the contest took on a team format, which paired together Damian Lillard and Trey Burke, Reggie Jackson and Goran Dragic, Victor Oladipo and Michael Carter-Williams and Giannis Antetokounmpo and DeMar DeRozan.

In the end, it was the Western Conference's Lillard and Burke who walked away with the hardware. After Oladipo and Carter-Williams posted a combined time of 45.3 seconds, Burke capped off his team's run with a finger roll at 45.2 seconds, giving the western duo a thrilling .1 second victory.

Another interesting element to the new team format is players from rival sneaker brands competing together. For this event, Lillard laced up the 'Away' adidas D Rose 4.5, while the rookie Burke went with a PE colorway of the Nike Zoom Crusader. Read on for a look at all of the sneakers worn in the Skills Challenge.

Damian Lillard wearing adidas Rose 4.5 Away

Damian Lillard // adidas D Rose 4.5 'Away'

 

Trey Burke wearing Nike Zoom Crusader PE

Trey Burke // Nike Zoom Crusader PE

 

Victor Oladipo wearing Air Jordan XX8 SE

Victor Oladipo // Air Jordan XX8 SE

 

Michael Carter-Williams wearing Nike Zoom HyperRev PE

Michael Carter-Williams // Nike Zoom HyperRev PE

 

DeMar DeRozan wearing Nike Kobe 8 iD

DeMar DeRozan // Nike Kobe 8 System iD

 

Giannis Antetokounmpo wearing Nike Zoom Hyperfuse

Giannis Antetokounmpo // Nike Zoom Hyperfuse

 

Goran Dragic wearing adidas Rose 773 II

Goran Dragic // adidas Rose 773 II

 

Reggie Jackson wearing Nike Air Foamposite Pro Spider-Man

Reggie Jackson // Nike Air Foamposite Pro 'Spider-Man'

 

Trey Burke wearing Nike Zoom Crusader; Damian Lillard wearing adidas D Rose 4.5

Trey Burke // Nike Zoom Crusader
Damian Lillard // adidas D Rose 4.5 'Away'

 

2014 NBA Skills Challenge Field

2014 NBA Skills Challenge Participants

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