NBA 3-Point Contest 2013: Stars Who Must Compete Against Kyrie Irving in 2014
Kyrie Irving put on a show in the 2013 NBA three-point contest on Saturday night, knocking down 20-of-25 in the final round to bounce San Antonio Spurs' forward Matt Bonner.
The Cleveland Cavaliers' point guard is in the midst of establishing himself as a top point guard in the NBA, and the 6'3" PG is only 20 years old.
Following his scintillating performance from Houston on Saturday night, Irving has left us wondering who will challenge him in the 2014 event.
While that remains to be seen, we can throw out some names of players we think should rival the young shooter for the 2014 title.
Kyle Korver may not be a star in the NBA, but he sure can shoot the lights out of the basketball.
The 31-year-old small forward shoots it better than 41 percent from beyond the arc for his career and currently leads the NBA with a 46-percent three-point mark.
Korver ranks fourth in three-pointers made this season (127) and has attempted the least amount of shots in the top nine.
The veteran has competed in the contest before (2004 and 2005), but he has never finished in first place.
The competition isn't just about young shooters, and Korver should be considered a favorite if invited to participate in 2014's event.
A career 38-percent shooter from downtown, Kevin Martin is putting together an excellent season in terms of three-point shooting.
Martin ranks 12th in three-pointers made this season but is shooting an effective 43 percent, which ranks ninth in the NBA.
The 6'7" shooting guard has eight games where he made at least four threes this season and could be an enticing matchup for Irving in the competition next season.
When Martin is on, he's one of the most deadly shooters in the league. If he continues this effort into next season, we could have one heck of a competition next season with two of the best scorers in the NBA going at it in the three-point shootout.
Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant is 0-for-2 in three-point contest appearances, but as his career progresses, KD has gotten better at taking smarter shots.
This season, Durant is averaging a career-best .42-percent (.427 to be exact) from beyond the arc and has made 103 threes, which ranks in the top 20 of the NBA.
We all know the 6'9" small forward can really stroke it from downtown when he gets going, and since he's participated in the event twice already, we know he's willing to do it.
LeBron James would also be an intriguing matchup, but since he usually doesn't take part in All-Star weekend festivities besides the game itself, I think Durant has more of a realistic chance to rival Irving for the 2014 title.
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