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The roster for the All-Star three-point contest has been announced through CBS Sports. Defending champion James Jones of the Miami Heat is returning to defend the title.
The shooters looking to dethrone Jones are teammate Mario Chalmers, Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love, Atlanta Hawks guard Joe Johnson, Orlando Magic forward Ryan Anderson and New Jersey Nets guard Anthony Morrow.
With the exception of Chalmers at fifth, no other competitor is in the top 10 for three-point shooting percentage.
Kevin Love is shooting 36.2 percent (64th). Joe Johnson is shooting 35.1 percent (71st)
Ryan Anderson is shooting 43.5 percent (16th). Anthony Morrow is shooting 41.7 percent (28th).
Two competitors do lead the NBA in three-point shots made. Ryan Anderson leads the NBA with 87 makes. Anthony Morrow is second with 63. Joe Johnson and Kevin Love are not even in the top 10.
Stats courtesy of ESPN.
While Johnson and Love do bring All-Star recognition to the contest, the three-point contest should be a display of pure shooting prowess. I would like to see Love and Johnson replaced with three-point specialists like Brandon Rush, who leads the league in three-point percentage, or Jason Terry.