Star-studded Three-Point Shootout field highlights All-Star Saturday Night


VIDEO: Star-studded field for Foot Locker Three-Point Contest

HANG TIME BIG CITY — Forget East versus West. After two years of NBA All-Star Saturday Night pitting one conference against the other, this time, it’s personal. And for once, long range marksmanship may trump dunks as the center of attraction.

NBA All-Star 2015Conference affiliations will be out the window on Saturday, Feb. 14, for the State Farm All-Star Saturday Night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. This year, it’s every man and woman for themselves in the annual Saturday night showcase.

In the Degree Shooting Stars competition, the two-time defending championship team of Chris Bosh, Dominique Wilkins and Swin Cash will reunite. Although this is a shooting competition, Team Davis, made up of Anthony Davis, Scottie Pippen and Elena Delle Donne, will have unbelievable length. Other participants include Golden State’s Stephen Curry and his father, retired guard Dell.

Eight players will compete in the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, a three-round, obstacle-course competition that tests dribbling, passing, agility and shooting skills. Seven of those players are point guards, including the defending champ, Utah’s Trey Burke, as well as All-Stars Kyle Lowry, Jeff Teague and John Wall. The lone non-point guard in the field is Chicago’s Jimmy Butler, an All-Star swingman with well-rounded skills.

The Sprite Slam Dunk field was announced a few weeks ago. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Zach LaVine, Victor Oladipo and Mason Plumlee bring an energetic edge to the proceedings this season. Brooklyn’s Plumlee is the lone active NBA player with New York ties participating on Saturday night.

Yet even with the loaded dunk field, it may be tough to top the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest, which is this year stocked with sharpshooters …

Marco Belinelli, Spurs — Last year’s defending champ, Belinelli has played just 30 games this season due to injury. Belinelli has the lowest 3-point percentage (38.2) of any player in the Three-Point Contest field.

Stephen Curry, Warriors — Drained 10 3-pointers Wednesday night in a 51-point performance against the Mavs. Earlier this season, became fastest player in NBA history to make 1,000 career 3s.

Klay Thompson, Warriors — At 44.6 percent, Thompson trails only Korver in 3-point percentage this season. Thompson and Curry are the only teammates ever to combine for 400 3-pointers in back-to-back seasons.

James Harden, Rockets — Fifth this season in 3-pointers made and attempts, and the NBA’s leading scorer at 27 points.

Kyrie Irving, Cavaliers — Other than Belinelli, Irving has the least made treys in the field, with 100. But last year’s All-Star Game MVP has a flair for the dramatic, and he knocked down 11 3s in his 55-point performance a few weeks back against Portland.

Kyle Korver, Hawks — On pace to have the greatest 3-point shooting season in NBA history, currently leading the NBA in 3-point accuracy at 53.2 percent. Korver is attempting to become the first player in history among qualifiers to shoot at least 50 percent from the field, 50 percent from beyond the arc and 90 percent from the free-throw line.

Wesley Matthews, Trail Blazers — Leads the NBA in 3-pointers made (151) and attempted (375). Has had 11 games this season where he made at least 5 3-pointers.

J.J. Redick, Clippers — Has made 114 3-pointers, putting him on track to break his previous high of 165. Currently shooting a career-high 43.2 percent on 3s.

State Farm NBA All-Star Saturday Night will be televised live exclusively on TNT on Saturday, Feb. 14, from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.


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18 Comments

  1. harriethehawk says:

    Isn’t the All-Star weekend fun? I wish I could be there!

  2. Lalove says:

    Kyle Korver got this. EASY

  3. 5thStFreddie says:

    I’m a Bay Area guy and obviously enthralled about the Warriors. I never thought Curry would rise to the overall greatness he has achieved this year, but I’m thrilled. But while I’m a Warriors fan, I’m also a basketball fan, and a staunch believer in respect where it’s due. Curry is not the greatest long range shooter of all time – he’s currently not even the best on his own team, as that honor belongs to Klay Thompson. But the greatest long ranger shooter of all time is in the competition, and that’s Kyle Korver. Curry and Thompson “lead” the competition by virtue of their over all greatness and stature, but it’s Korver who leads this competition going in. Both Curry and Thomspon, and virtually all of the competitors, have the ability to win. But give Korver his due: no one has ever done what he’s currently doing night in and night out.

  4. Sean says:

    I always did prefer the three-point contest to the dunk contest; no judges, just pure unbridled marksmanship. This year, I’m getting the perfect valentine’s day gift, a three point contest with only one guy shooting below 40%. I kind of wish this is the year Steph Curry finally takes it but I hope even more everyone shoots the lights out. Good luck guys.

  5. OldSchool says:

    that’s more like it.
    the dunk contest should follow this example: bring the best available to the all star weekend.
    the best shooters go to the 3pt contest, the best dunkers to the dunk contest.

    plumlee, pfff, jesus…

  6. siege102 says:

    Go Brandon Knight, Giannis Antetokoumpo, and James Harden

  7. lbj says:

    Glad they got rid of that awful East vs. West idea. They should make the three-point shootout the main event for All-Star Saturday!

  8. What? says:

    Why is Kyrie in the three point contest? I don’t really see a reason for him to be in there… I think Bradley Beal would be a much better pick than Kyrie. Why not Kevin Durant? I don’t really see a point for Kyrie to be in the three point shootout.

  9. TheKush says:

    Can’t wait to see this one

  10. Splash Bro says:

    Where is Klay Thompson’s stats?

  11. duh says:

    Forgot about Klay, dummy.

  12. Klay says:

    You forgot to mention Klay Thompson in the 3 point contest.

  13. Denise Lowe says:

    Klay Thompson is not mentioned in the last paragraph.

  14. Rishi says:

    Why is Klay Thompson missing from the list? Here’s his bio… Leads all NBA players (active, inactive, and video game players) in having the most ridiculous hot streak in a single quarter, including 9-9 from 3-point land.

  15. kenken9 says:

    nothing about klay Thompson? so is he in or out

  16. kenken9 says:

    Nothing about Thompson?