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.
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.
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.
Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News labeled Bonner's selection as a "victory for the Internet age":
From the blog: Matt Bonner's 3-point selection a victory for the Internet age. blog.mysanantonio.com/spursnation/20…— Jeff McDonald (@JMcDonald_SAEN) February 8, 2013
Marcus Thompson of Bay Area News Group got the reaction from Stephen Curry:
Joseph Goodman of the Miami Herald tweeted:
Dwyane Wade did successfully lobby for Steve Novak to be in the three-point contest. So, there's that.— Joseph Goodman (@JoeGoodmanJr) February 1, 2013
Great field for the 3-point contest. Stephen Curry, Ryan Anderson, Steve Novak, Matt Bonner, Paul George and Kyrie Irving.— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) February 8, 2013
Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star tweeted the good news to the Pacers faithful:
Pacers being represented on All Star Saturday night. Paul George n 3 pt shoot out n Gerald Green in dunk comp. I know where I'll be Sat nite— Mike Wells (@MikeWellsNBA) February 8, 2013
Twitter fanatic @jose3030 took a shot at Stephen Curry's injury problems throughout the years:
It's going to be really awkward when Stephen Curry sprains his ankle in the 3 Point Contest— jose3030 (@jose3030) February 8, 2013
Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinal brought up an interesting point about Curry:
With Steph Curry in All-Star 3-point contest, have to wonder if he might be All-Star replacement for Dwight, who we hear (from him) is hurt.— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) February 8, 2013
Prediction: Stephen Curry, PG, Golden State Warriors
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