Hornets’ Miles Bridges boldly predicts Devonte’ Graham to win 3-point shootout
In an interview after winning Rising Stars MVP, Charlotte Hornets forward Miles Bridges was asked whether he’s staying for the remainder of the All-Star Weekend. The small forward said yes without hesitation. He then boldly added that it was to watch Hornets teammate Devonte’ Graham win the three-point contest.
“I’m going to watch Devonte’ win the three-point contest tomorrow.” 👀@MilesBridges joins #GameTime after winning the #NBARisingStars MVP to drop his prediction for the #MtnDew3PT contest. pic.twitter.com/bflQdntxXg
— NBA TV (@NBATV) February 15, 2020
Devonte’ Graham, like Bridges, is a sophomore for the Hornets. Unlike his teammate, however, Devonte’ only started playing significant minutes this 2019-20 season. Despite the Hornets hanging mid-bottom on Eastern Conference rankings with 18 wins, the 6’1” guard has showed up for the team.
Following Kemba Walker’s departure, Graham readily picked up a little over 35 minutes of playing time for the Hornets. This is notably an increase of more than 20 from last season’s 14.7. Since then, he has recorded 18.1 points and 7.8 assists per game and is frequently mentioned as a Most Improved Player contender.
His surprising regular season performance is also topped off with a 37.4% three-point accuracy at 3.5 out of 9.4 attempts on average. Subsequently, he will have a chance to prove his shooting ability on Saturday’s three-point shootout against other snipers.
Other participants include reigning 3-Point Contest champion Joe Harris of the Brooklyn Nets. We will also see Wizards’ Davis Bertans, Heat’s Duncan Robinson, Chicago’s Zach Lavine, and first-time All-Star Trae Young. Devin Booker will also participate after being announced as a replacement for the injured Damian Lillard.
Harris is the initial favorite to defend the title. However, he has recently hit a slump, having only eight games of more than two three-pointers since December 8. the Hornets shooting guard then will still need to outperform several other talented players if he wants to fulfill his teammate’s prediction.