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Trae Young to accept 3-Point Contest invite, Luka Doncic still deliberating

Trae Young, All-Star, Luka Doncic

The league has extended an invitation to Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic and Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young to participate in the 2020 NBA All-Star Three-Point Contest.

Young plans to accept this invitation while Doncic is still deliberating, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.

The two players, forever linked as top-five members of the 2018 NBA Draft class, could compete against each other in front of loyal hoop fans in Chicago, as the mid-February festivities approach.

Young is averaging 28.9 points, 8.4 assists and shooting 37.5% from deep in his second season in the league. The 21-year-old point man has unlimited range and is capable of firing at the bat of an eyelid, making him one of the most potent threats in the league.

The Hawks dime maestro is also expected to accept an invitation to compete in the Skills Challenge, joining Derrick Rose of the Detroit Pistons and a group of six other contestants to take part on the event.

Trae Young was the top vote-getter among Eastern Conference guards in the first return of the All-Star fan voting, and one that could make multiple appearances, considering he’s bound to take part in the Team USA vs. Team World game on Friday, customary for first- and second-year players.

Doncic is averaging 29.7 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 8.9 assists while shooting 33.1% from distance, he’s made 100 3-pointers, the 13th most among NBA players. The 2018-19 Rookie of the Year was the leading All-Star vote-getter on Thursday, edging fan favorites Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks and LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers.