This years NBA 3-point contest might be the most exciting three point contest lineup of all time. With names like Kyle Korver, Wes Matthews, Klay Thompson, Steph Curry, James Harden, J.J. Reddick, Marco Belinelli and Kyrie Irving everyone should be tuning their tv to this event Saturday night. Here is my preview of why the 3-Point Contest may be the best event of this years All Star festivities.
Marco Belinelli has the lowest percentage from the arc of all the contestants in the 30 games he has been able to play in. He is shooting 38.4% which is still very good. He won the contest last season and currently is 5-10 from 3 in the last 10 seconds. That ability to hit a three in the time of need could come in handy for Marco in this contest.
J.J. Reddick is hitting a career high this season, splashing 43.2%. He is also on pace to break his career high in 3-pointers made of 165 after hitting 114 in the NBA season thus far.
James Harden is the NBA’s leading scorer thus far into the season, scoring 27 points per game. He finds away to put the ball in the basket, using the 3-point ball to his advantage, ranking fifth in 3-pointers made and attempted.
Kyle Korver is leading the NBA in the 3 ball. He is putting together quite possible the best 3-point season performance in NBA history. Along from possible becoming the first NBA player to shoot 50% from the field, 50% from 3 and 90% from the free throw line. Korea is currently leading the NBA with 53.2% accuracy from behind the arc, good enough for the Hawks guard to secure a spot in the actual All-Star Game.
Teammates Klay Thompson and Steph Curry are known affectionately around the NBA as the Splash Brothers because other abilities to get buckets. Klay only trails Korver with 3-point accuracy in the NBA, shooting 44.6%. Curry hit 10 3-pointers in a game against the Mavericks a few weeks ago in which he dropped 51 points and is also the fastest player to 1,000 3-pointers made in NBA history. Thompson and Curry are the only teammates to shoot 400+ 3-pointers in back to back seasons.
Kyrie Irving hit 11 3-pointers when the gifted shooter lit up the scoreboard for 55 a few games ago against the Trailblazers. Next to Belinelli, Irving has made the least number of threes at 100, but he loves to compete and perform and last year took home All-Star MVP honors after a garage of threes.
Finally, Wes Matthews of of Portland is showing off his stroke. He leads the NBA in 3-pointers made (151) and 3-pointers attempted (375) and has 11 games this season in which he has hit 5 or more 3-point shots. If he and Damien Lillard hope to steal away the title of Splash Brothers from Klay and Steph, Wes will need to show the world what he’s got on this stage.
Taking all this into account, I believe Wes Matthews will take home the crown on Saturday night. Of all the players competing, Matthews has the most contained stroke, not wasting any energy or movement to get his shot up and on target. This can play a huge factor in this contest as endurance is an important element in the later rounds. I believe Matthews will beat out Reddick in the end, hitting 19 of 22 shots. But this whole competition will be a close one and a treat for anyone who loves to see the long ball fly.