NBA All-Star Weekend 2013: Players Who Will Light Up 3-Point Contest
The 2013 NBA Three-Point Contest will feature some of the best shooters the game has to offer, but some of those players will no doubt shine more than others.
This year's participants include Steve Novak of the New York Knicks, Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Paul George of the Indiana Pacers, Ryan Anderson of the New Orleans Hornets, Matt Bonner of the San Antonio Spurs and Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors.
Let's take a closer look at which of these stellar shooters are going to have the most success during the 2013 contest and why.
Steve Novak, New York Knicks
Novak is the No. 5 three-point shooter in the NBA coming in at 44 percent for the season.
The 2013 campaign has been tough for Novak as teams continue to make sure they don't leave him open on the perimeter. This has caused his scoring average to slip by nearly two points per game and he simply isn't as productive with no other way to score.
But when he's open, Novak is as good as they come from beyond the arc and it's a near certainty that his three-point attempts will fall every time.
Luckily for Novak, nobody will be guarding him during this contest, so he'll have nothing but open looks. With a clear look at the basket and not a single hand in his face, Novak will drain plenty of threes and he should be in contention for the three-point contest crown.
Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers
In his second season, Irving is the No. 13-ranked three-point shooter in the NBA with a near 43 percent success rate from beyond the arc.
Irving has emerged as one of the best scorers in the league today and he's a threat to drain jumpers from anywhere on the floor. On top of that, he can dominate opposing defenses even when he's surrounded by defenders, so open looks are almost an automatic for the 20-year-old.
With his ability to score under immense pressure, Irving will no doubt enjoy uncontested shots from long range, which is something this contest affords its participants.
If you can't stop him down the stretch of games with a hand in his face, how on Earth is Irving going to be stopped in this contest?
Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
Curry has been able to stay healthy this season and is making a serious impact for Golden State. The Davidson product is ranked No. 3 in the NBA, shooting nearly 45 percent from long distance.
Who will win the three-point contest?
The Warriors guard is another player who can nail a jumper from anywhere on the floor. Whether he's driving to the basket, shooting a deep two or going for a three-pointer, Curry is a threat to dominate any game he's in.
If Curry is left open during a game, you can bet that he'll take full advantage of it. The only way to stop him from deep is to play him tight, but even that doesn't ensure he won't drain a three.
There will be no premiere defenders on him, nor will there be any double teams. Curry will get 25 open looks from deep and that's a terrifying prospect for the three-point contest hopes of his counterparts.
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