NBA All-Star news: Three-Point Contest contestants announced
The field for the 2018 All-Star weekend’s JBL 3-point contest has now been announced. We will again witness an array of shooters tire the net with swishes to battle it out for the crown. The contestants were announced in a special episode of NBA on TNT.
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This season’s participants are Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns, Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards, Wayne Ellington of the Miami Heat, Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors, Paul George of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Tobias Harris of the LA Clippers, Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors, and defending champion Eric Gordon of the Houston Rockets.
Gordon came out on top in last year’s competition with his relaxed and steady demeanor, and he’ll have a chance to defend his championship against seven other very talented shooters. He had to win it on overtime the last time out; the same might happen again considering the talent he’ll be facing.
The eight featured players have combined for over 1,300 3-pointers this season, with five of them ranking in the top eight in made three-pointers this season.
Gordon has the lowest 3-point shooting clip in the group (33.6), but should still be an automatic favorite since he’s the reigning champion.
Thompson, meanwhile, is an easy choice to have as a favorite because of two things: he won the event just two years ago and he also leads all the competitors in 3-point field goals (164) and percentage (45.4).
For the dark horse pick, Ellington is looking good to be one. The nine-year veteran is impressively fourth in the NBA in made threes despite only playing 26.2 minutes per game for the Heat.