NBA 3-Point Contest 2013: Participant List, Twitter Reaction and More

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NBA 3-Point Contest 2013: Participant List, Twitter Reaction and More

The participants for the 2013 Foot Locker Three-Point Contest were announced on TNT Thursday night, complete with some familiar names and some new faces.

Last year, the participants included Kevin Love, Kevin Durant, Ryan Anderson, Anthony Morrow and 2011 champion James Jones.

Love had to persevere through two tiebreakers to come out on top, edging Durant at the end with 17 points (versus Durant's 14). It was a bit of a shocker, considering three-point shooting wasn't even Love's forte.

Here's a look at the participants in this year's contest, along with Twitter reaction from around the nation.

 

Participant List

EAST

Paul George, Indiana Pacers

An All-Star this season, Paul George is averaging 17.6 points on 42.5 percent shooting. More importantly (for the contest), he's shooting 38.7 percent from downtown (a career high).

The third-year swingman has attempted 279 three-pointers this season and he's been a big part of the Pacers' success without the injured Danny Granger.

 

Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers

In a breakout year, Kyrie Irving has been one of the NBA's best scorers. Period.

Not only is he averaging 23.9 points on 47.4 percent shooting, he's also shot 42.9 percent from beyond the arc.

Earning his first All-Star selection this season, Irving figures to be a popular young player in the contest.

 

Steve Novak, New York Knicks

Steve Novak may be averaging 6.9 points off the bench for the Knicks this season, but he's the team's best three-point shooter.

For the season, Novak has knocked down 44.4 percent of his three-point attempts (third in the NBA). That's concurrent with his career average of 43.8 percent from beyond the arc.

 

WEST

Ryan Anderson, New Orleans Hornets

A participant in last year's contest as well, Ryan Anderson is one of the best stretch-4s in the league when it comes to outside shooting.

Anderson is averaging 16.8 points while shooting 39.7 percent from beyond the arc this year. He's shot 38.7 percent from long range for his career.

 

Matt Bonner, San Antonio Spurs

A lot of people were pushing for Bonner to be included before the announcement. He wrote on SlamOnline.com on Monday that he'd always wanted to win the three-point contest after idolizing Larry Bird as a kid. Teammate Tony Parker was at the forefront and the hashtag #LetBonnerShoot developed online.

Well, congratulations, Matt Bonner. After shooting 42.1 percent from downtown this season, and 41.5 percent from beyond the arc for your career, now's your chance to show the world what you can do.

 

Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors

Stephen Curry has had an outstanding year for Golden State, averaging 20.7 points and 6.6 assists while shooting 44.9 percent from downtown (second only to Kyle Korver among league leaders).

Many believed Curry should have made the All-Star team, and it's hard to argue against that.

Curry has hoisted up 316 three-point attempts thus far in the season—third in the NBA, behind Ryan Anderson and teammate Klay Thompson.

 

Twitter Reaction

Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News labeled Bonner's selection as a "victory for the Internet age":

 

Marcus Thompson of Bay Area News Group got the reaction from Stephen Curry:

 

Joseph Goodman of the Miami Herald tweeted:

 

Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle tweeted:

 

Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star  tweeted the good news to the Pacers faithful:

 

Twitter fanatic @jose3030 took a shot at Stephen Curry's injury problems throughout the years:

 

Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinal brought up an interesting point about Curry:

 

Prediction: Stephen Curry, PG, Golden State Warriors

 

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