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Thursday, February 10, 2005
Updated: February 17, 8:24 PM ET
Boykins, Ridnour will also participate

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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.

Steve Nash
Nash
Gilbert Arenas
Arenas

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
1999 Canceled, lockout
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.