The NBA is announcing the contestants in each of their events for All-Star weekend, which has prompted discussions to take place on social media. While the dunk contest announced its three contestants, the three-point contest is loaded with All-Star talents such as Stephen Curry and Donovan Mitchell, via The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
NBA All-Star 3-point contestants: Stephen Curry, Donovan Mitchell, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Devin Booker, Zach LaVine
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 3, 2021
The NBA announced, after failing to secure Zion Williamson, that Cassius Stanley, Anfernee Simons, and Obi Toppin will be participating in the dunk contest. Fans seem to be disappointed in the cast taking part in the dunk contest as quite a few names turned down the offer.
As for the NBA three-point contest, there is a ton of notable names taking part in the event this year. First and foremost, Stephen Curry will be returning to the contest after choosing to sit out of the contest last season.
Stephen Curry won the contest in 2014-2015 when he scored 27 points, which was the record until Devin Booker — who is taking part in his fourth-straight NBA three-point contest — broke the record with 28 in 2017-2018.
Zach LaVine will be participating in his second-straight NBA three-point contest amid a career year with the Chicago Bulls. Besides the familiar faces, there are three newcomers to the contest in Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Mitchell. One noticeable name left out of the list is Damian Lillard, who was originally planning on taking part in the event.
Even though Tatum is shooting a career-worst 36.8 percent from beyond the arc, he has a smooth stroke from outside. Brown is shooting slightly better from outside than his running mate on the Boston Celtics as he’s converting 38.5 percent of his three-pointers this NBA season.
Lastly, Mitchell is making a career-best 38 percent of his three-point shots while taking a career-high 8.6 three-pointers per game. Even though some people believe the dunk contest could underwhelm, it appears the three-point contest could bring some life to NBA All-Star Weekend.