This season’s NBA 3-Point Contest is loaded with several talented shooters. Predicting a winner among this group of marksman is tough, but we’re giving it a shot.
In the past, names like Reggie Miller and Ray Allen dominated the three-point line. Now, though, a new crop of talented young prospects is hoping to reach those same heights.
– Davis Bertans, Washington Wizards
Bertans has quietly become one of the best three-point shooters in the NBA, and he’s confident in his chances at this year’s event. By percentage, the Latvian-born forward is among the best shooters in the league from beyond the arc (42.4 percent).
Booker was a late addition to the list of contestants at this year’s event. Earlier this week, the NBA announced that the Suns star would be replacing Damian Lillard, who is currently dealing with a groin injury.
Booker has become the face of the Suns, and he’s a solid shooter from the perimeter. Through 52 games played this season, he’s recorded an average of 35.8 percent from beyond the arc.
– Devonte’ Graham, Charlotte Hornets
At +1100, Graham’s odds to win this season’s 3-Point Contest are among the lowest. That doesn’t mean he’s going to lose, however. As hoops fans know, players can get hot at the drop of a hat.
Now in his second season of service with the Hornets, Graham is holding a 37.4 percent mark from three-point range.
– Joe Harris, Brooklyn Nets
Harris is something like a silent assassin. He’s always a threat from the perimeter, and he’ll be looking to defend his title from last year’s competition.
In 52 appearances with the Nets this season, Harris has turned in a 40.8 percent mark from the three-point line.
Hield has been lighting up the scoreboard with the Kings this season, though the team has struggled as a whole. He was recently moved to the bench, but he wasn’t discouraged. Instead, he’s posting better numbers. Win or lose, it’s a big deal for Sacramento to have a representative in this year’s competition.
On the season, Hield has turned in an average of 38.5 percent from downtown. He is currently ranked 3rd in three-pointers made for the 2019-20 campaign at 3.8 per game.
LaVine is a two-time Slam Dunk Contest champion. Unfortunately, though, he is not participating in that event this season. Instead, he’ll try his hand at the 3-Point Contest.
In 55 games played, LaVine has racked up a 38.5 percent mark from beyond the three-point line.
– Duncan Robinson, Miami Heat
Robinson is a player that many experts are picking to win this season’s 3-Point Contest. The second-year forward certainly deserves to be in the competition, as he’s currently knocking down 43.8 percent of his shots from downtown. Overall, he ranks 5th in threes made this season.
– Trae Young, Atlanta Hawks
Young has been a bright spot for the Hawks in an otherwise dim season. The former No. 5 overall pick is well-known for his ball handling skills, but he’s also a crafty shooter.
Though the Hawks have struggled to find a rhythm, Young has played well. As for his three-point shooting, the second-year point guard is holding a 36.9 percent mark.
Our predicted winner: Davis Bertans
Bertans will be the first Latvian to participate in the 3-Point Contest. Let’s see if he’ll be the country’s first winner as well.
This season’s NBA 3-Point Contest will take place inside the United Center on Saturday, February 15. TNT will have live broadcast coverage.