Blazers G Damian Lillard Named To Skills Challenge, Selected No. 1 For Rising Stars Challenge

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The NBA officially announced that Portland Trail Blazers rookie guard Damian Lillard will participate in the Skills Challenge and Rising Stars Challenge.

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard has been officially named to the Skills Challenge at the 2013 All-Star Weekend in Houston.

The Skills Challenge is a timed obstacle court that involves dribbling around cones, passing through targets, and making lay-ups. Here's the full rundown of Skills Challenge participants:

Skills Challenge field will include: Jrue Holiday (Sixers), Brandon Knight (Pistons), Jeff Teague (Hawks), Damian Lillard (Blazers), Jeremy Lin (Rockets), Tony Parker (Spurs)

Lillard was also selected as the No. 1 pick by Shaquille O'Neal in the Rising Stars Challenge, formerly known as the Rookie/Sophomore Game. The teams were selected by O'Neal and Charles Barkley.

Team Shaq: Damian Lillard (Blazers), Kyrie Irving (Cavaliers), Andre Drummond (Pistons), Klay Thompson (Warriors), Harrison Barnes (Warriors), Chandler Parsons (Rockets), Dion Waiters (Cavaliers), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Bobcats), Tyler Zeller (Cavaliers), Kemba Walker (Bobcats)

Team Chuck: Anthony Davis (Hornets), Kenneth Faried (Nuggets), Kawhi Leonard (Spurs), Bradley Beal (Wizards), Ricky Rubio (Timberwolves), Tristan Thompson (Cavaliers), Nikola Vucevic (Magic), Brandon Knight (Pistons), Isaiah Thomas (Kings), Alexey Shved (Timberwolves)

Lillard was named to the Rising Stars player pool last week. It was reported last week that Lillard would be in the Skills Challenge.

-- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

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