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3-point contest includes Durant, Pierce, Allen

Posted on: February 8, 2011 2:35 pm
Edited on: February 8, 2011 2:46 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young

The NBA announced the participants for the annual 3-point contest at All-Star weekend and there are some big names involved. Ray Allen and Paul Pierce of the Celtics, Kevin Durant of the Thunder, Daniel Gibson of the Cavaliers, Golden State's Dorell Wright and Miami's James Jones will compete.

Pierce of course is the reigning champion, but he's defending against a pretty stout field. His teammate Allen will be the all-time 3-point leader by the time of the contest and Dorell Wright leads the league in 3-point makes at 124.

Gibson is in the top 10 in percentage at 44 percent. Jones has hit 91 3s on the year, 12th in the league.

But the real wild card is Durant, who at just 34.7 percent may not seem like a great candidate to win this. Durant though is absolutely one of the finest spot up shooters in the league and he's the kind of player that can make 15 in a row. He's had multiple months in his career of hitting 50 percent from 3 and the only reason his percentage is down is because of a slow start in November. Since the first month of the season, Durant is hitting over 40 percent from 3.

Really though, this is one of the most intriguing groups in the contest in a while. To have three big stars like Allen, Pierce and Durant, with one being the all-time leader is pretty cool. Wright, Gibson and Jones are your preverbial specialists. It's a really nice mix.

Last year Pierce bested Stephen Curry in last year’s contest, scoring 20 points in the final round to capture the title. Jeff Hornacek, Jason Kapono, Mark Price and Peja Stojakovic each won two titles; Larry Bird and Craig Hodges captured three straight.

Gibson actually has the highest career pecentage of the group at 42.6. Allen has made 39.8 percent of his career 3s, Durant 35.8, Wright 38.3, Jones 40.0 and Pierce 37.0. Allen has hit 2,559 in his career and the only other player in the field with at least a thousand is Pierce, who has hit 1,297. Between Durant, Gibson, Wright and Jones, their total is 1,513.

Missing out though are Matt Bonner, Shawne Williams (who leads the league in percentage) and Anthony Morrow. I also think Kevin Love deserved some pretty serious consideration too because when open, he's near automatic from 3.
Comments

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2011 2:24 pm
 

3-point contest includes Durant, Pierce, Allen

Totally agree with Jim F13!!  How do you not include Bonner??  The guy is shooting over 50% from behind the arc!! 



Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: February 9, 2011 2:20 pm
 

3-point contest includes Durant, Pierce, Allen

AGREED!!!!



Since: Feb 8, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2011 12:03 am
 

3-point contest includes Durant, Pierce, Allen

I don't want to be the one that breaks the news to people but the NBA All-Star game and other All-Star festivities is no longer about what players deserve to be there. It, like the Pro Bowl, is about who do the fans want to see and who will help the NBA get the most recognition. In the three point compitetion there will be three known players and three lesser known players but lets be honest raise your hand if you would hurry home to see Matt Bonner, Shawne Williams, Anthony Morrow, Dorell Wright, Daniel Gibson, and James Jones in the three point contest. Anyone? No, I did not think so!



Since: Jan 12, 2010
Posted on: February 8, 2011 10:14 pm
 

3-point contest includes Durant, Pierce, Allen

my money's on Ray. The guy is the purest shooter in the nba.



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2011 6:33 pm
 

3-point contest includes Durant, Pierce, Allen

Matt Bonner passed over again. The league doesn't like to give humble, low key blue collar guys their moment in the sun. Bonner brings the lunch bucket every night and he deserves to be in this competition.


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Since: Aug 23, 2010
Posted on: February 8, 2011 6:08 pm
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Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2011 5:33 pm
 

3-point contest includes Durant, Pierce, Allen

shawne williams? who's that? i guess that's why he's not in it.



Since: Jun 22, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2011 3:52 pm
 

3-point contest includes Durant, Pierce, Allen

kyle Korver? anyone?



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2011 3:24 pm
 

3-point contest includes Durant, Pierce, Allen

I don't want to see Shawne Williams in there.  I want guys who actually play enough and shoot enough where you know they're taking contested shots as well as the wide-open looks.  I think 150+ attempts sounds about right. 



Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: February 8, 2011 3:13 pm
 

3-point contest includes Durant, Pierce, Allen

id rather watch Pierce Allen and Durant duke it out over shawne williams


i spose you could get rid of gibson or wright though


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