It used to be that the dunk contest was by far the marquee event of NBA All-Star weekend, but the three-point contest is beginning to challenge for that title.
While the dunk contest has gotten relatively stale over the last couple of years, the shootout continues to be exciting due the presence of the NBA’s most prolific shooter and many of the best gunners in the Association.
Last year, which ended up pitting teammates Steph Curry and Klay Thompson against each other in the finals, was thoroughly entertaining. They’re both back this year, headlining a stacked eight-player field, and it is once again a must-see event.
Here’s a look at everything you need to know to watch, along with the complete list of participants:
Three-Point Contest Viewing Info
Date: Saturday, February 13, 2016
Time: Around 8:45 p.m. ET, give or take 10 minutes
TV Channel: TNT in the United States, TSN in Canada, SportsNet in Canada
Steph Curry, Golden State Warriors
Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors
James Harden, Houston Rockets
J.J. Redick, Los Angeles Clippers
Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns
Chris Bosh, Miami Heat (out due to injury)
C.J. McCollum, Portland Trail Blazers
Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors
Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks
First of all, what an entertaining field. You’ve got Curry, the deadliest in-game shooter on the planet and reigning champ. You’ve got Thompson, his teammate. You’ve got J.J. Redick, the only player this year with at least 4.0 three-point attempts per game to be shooting a better percentage than Curry. You’ve got hometown favorite Kyle Lowry. You’ve got the Beard. A couple of young guns in C.J. McCollum and Devin Booker. And you’ve got an underrated star looking to prove himself in Khris Middleton.
It’s the golden age of three-point shooting, and the annual contest is benefiting as a result.
“It’s definitely going to be fun,” says Lowry. “The dunk contest is always hyped, but the 3-ball is such an important part of the game now.”
I usually don’t like predicting the favorite, but Curry is just on another level.
He could move the racks back five feet, and he would still put up competitive numbers. He, obviously, has the shooting stroke, he has the experience (this is his fifth time participating, while no one else has been in more than one), and he’ll soon have his second title.