Shai Gilgeous-Alexander To Represent Thunder In 2020 Taco Bell Skills Challenge

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Feb. 6, 2020 – Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was selected to replace Detroit Pistons guard Derrick Rose in the 2020 Taco Bell® Skills Challenge, it was announced today by the NBA.

In 51 games (all starts) this season, Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging a team-leading 19.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.22 steals in 35.6 minutes, shooting 46.0 percent from the field and 81.8 percent from the free throw line.

The 17th Taco Bell® Skills Challenge is part of State Farm® All-Star Saturday Night, which also features the MTN DEW® 3-Point Contest and AT&T Slam Dunk. All-Star Saturday Night will air live on TNT and ESPN Radio at 7 p.m. CT.

The 2020 Taco Bell® Skills Challenge is a three-round, obstacle-course competition that tests the players’ dribbling, passing, agility and 3-point shooting. Featuring a mix of guards and frontcourt players, the event showcases a head-to-head, bracket-style tournament format. First-round matchups will be determined on the night of the event.

Gilgeous-Alexander will also take the court for the 2020 NBA Rising Stars on Friday, Feb. 14 at 8 p.m. CT.

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.