Predicting the 2013 NBA All-Star 3-Point Lineup

Jonathan WassermanNBA Lead WriterJanuary 12, 2013

Predicting the 2013 NBA All-Star 3-Point Lineup

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    You don't realize how accurate these guys are until you see them alone in the gym.

    The NBA three-point shootout allows the fans to get a glimpse of the top shooters in the game when they don't have a defender contesting their shot.

    Last year, it was Kevin Love who showed that you don't have to be a sniper to win a three-point competition.

    The following assassins deserve to participate in the event based on volume shooting and the rate at which they make threes.

Stephen Curry

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    Three-pointers Made per Game: 3.0

    Three-Point Shooting Percentage: 44.9 percent

    Stephen Curry is what Blake Griffin is to dunking, only with three-point shooting. He just makes it look good.

    He's currently third in the NBA in three-point percentage and second in total threes made. With the Golden State Warriors winning ballgames, it's time to honor Curry again for his lights-out stroke.

    This wouldn't be his first rodeo—Curry was unsuccessful in the 2009-2010 competition that saw Paul Pierce take home the trophy.

    But Curry is having his best season as a pro, and it wouldn't be a surprise if Vegas made him the favorite to win it in 2013.

Steve Novak

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    Three-Pointers Made per Game: 2.1

    Three-Point Percentage: 44.8 percent

    Put me on record saying Steve Novak's three-ball is the most effortless stroke I've seen. You get the feeling he could knock down 25-footers shooting anything from a watermelon to a bowling ball.

    Since joining the New York Knicks in 2011, Novak is shooting a jaw-dropping 46.3 percent from downtown.

    You want to talk about a specialist? Last year, Novak made 161 field foals, and 133 of them came behind the arc. This year, he's made 74 three-point field goals and 12 two-point shots.

    This is what he does. He catches from far away. He shoots from far away. Sometimes he doesn't even look at the rim. He's literally programmed with rim radar.

    It's even more impressive because Novak isn't an athlete. Getting open isn't as easy as it is for Ray Allen or the other greats. Novak relies on his size, release point and confidence to let it fly without hesitation.

    With nobody defending, I'll take Steve Novak as my pick to win the 2013 NBA Three-Point Shootout.

Klay Thompson

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    Three-Pointers Made per Game: 2.7

    Three-Point Percentage: 39.3 percent

    Klay Thompson has emerged as one of the most lethal young perimeter scorers around. He's third in the NBA in three-pointers made, right behind his backcourt mate Stephen Curry.

    He'd be a good fit for a shootout because of his quick release and balance going up.

    Thompson is another guy who sports fluid rhythm as a shooter, and has the potential to catch fire and light up racks on racks on racks.

Kyrie Irving

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    Three-Pointers Made per Game: 2.1

    Three-Point Percentage: 41.7 percent

    Kyrie Irving is going to be in Houston anyway for the rookie-sophomore game, and possibly the NBA All-Star Game. Why not stop by the three-point contest and show off the stroke?

    Irving is one of those rare young point guards who can actually shoot.

    Even though it's not his specialty, the three-point shootout usually has a few big names to beef up the star power in the lineup.

    What makes a great player great is his ability to make shots. Kevin Love isn't a three-point specialist, but the guy can score. There's no reason why someone qualified like Irving can't outshoot the other long-range specialists.

Matt Bonner

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    Three-Pointers Made per Game: .8

    Three-Point Percentage: 47.4 percent

    Matt Bonner is your current NBA leader in three-point percentage. He doesn't take or make as many as his competitors, but when Bonner lets it fly, chances are it's going in.

    He's got one of the ugliest shots you'll ever see. It's more of a fling than a shot—perfect for entertainment purposes.

    The All-Star sideshow festivities like the dunk contest and three-point shootout are meant to give role players a chance to make a name for themselves.

    Bonner has been in the league for long enough. It's time to reward him for his services, and show that he's not just another Brian Scalabrine.

Ryan Anderson

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    Three-Pointers Made per Game: 3.1

    Three-Point Percentage: 40.4 percent

    Ryan Anderson averages 9.3 points from behind the arc per game, the most of any player in the NBA.

    He's listed at 6'10'', which is why he can get off so many shots despite lacking the athleticism required to easily shake loose.

    As an NBA player, Anderson can draw power forwards for defenders, taking bigger bodies away from the rim and improving the spacing of the offense. New Orleans gave him $34 million to hang out on the perimeter and do what he does.

    Anderson has the ability to heat up from anywhere outside the arc, and he would be a threat to catch fire in a contest where rhythm is everything.