NBA Three-Point Contest 2014: Participant List, Historical Records and More

Alex Kay@AlexPKayCorrespondent IFebruary 6, 2014

USA Today

The NBA Three-Point Contest is one of the more exciting events of All-Star Weekend, as it showcases a fundamental basketball skill in a simple, but extremely intriguing shootout.

The NBA just released the full list of participants for the 2014 edition of this marksmanship test and it looks to be a great field that will be cutthroat in its competitiveness.

This year’s crop of talent is comprised of eight of the league’s best deadeye assassins all vying for the distinction of being crowned the NBA’s top long-ball shooter. They include Kyrie Irving, Arron Afflalo, Bradley Beal and Joe Johnson out of the Eastern Conference and Kevin Love, Stephen Curry, Marco Belinelli and Damian Lillard representing the Western Conference.


Three-Point Contest Info

Start Time: Saturday, Feb. 15, at 8:30 p.m. ET (third event of night)

TV: Coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET on TNT

Where: New Orleans Arena, New Orleans, La.

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The three-point shootout will be determined in favor of the most accurate shooter over the course of two rounds.

The rounds will feature each contestant getting 25 three-point attempts apiece, five shots from each of the five stations set up around the perimeter of the basket. Every station contains four regular balls worth one point each, capped off with a multicolored money ball worth two points.

One minute is allotted for participants to make their way through the stations and score as many points as possible, with the highest score winning.

This year’s version will follow the “new” rules the NBA instituted last year, in which the Eastern and Western Conferences will face off in the final round.

The top scorer after the first round from each conference will advance to the championship to square off against one another. The player with the lowest Round 1 score will go first and a champion will be named after both have finished going around the arc.

Previous Winners by Year
YearWinner, Team
2013 Kyrie Irving, Cleveland
2012 Kevin Love, Minnesota
2011 James Jones, Miami
2010 Paul Pierce, Boston
2009 Daequan Cook, Miami
2008 Jason Kapono, Toronto
2007 Jason Kapono, Miami
2006 Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas
2005 Quentin Richardson, Phoenix
2004 Voshon Lenard, Denver
2003 Peja Stojakovic, Sacramento
2002 Peja Stojakovic, Sacramento
2001 Ray Allen, Milwaukee
2000 Jeff Hornacek, Utah
1998 Jeff Hornacek, Utah
1997 Steve Kerr, Chicago
1996 Tim Legler, Washington
1995 Glen Rice, Miami
1994 Mark Price, Cleveland
1993 Mark Price, Cleveland
1992 Craig Hodges, Chicago
1991 Craig Hodges, Chicago
1990 Craig Hodges, Chicago
1989 Dale Ellis, Seattle
1988 Larry Bird, Boston
1987 Larry Bird, Boston
1986 Larry Bird, Boston


Top Performances in Three-Point Contest History

Craig Hodges, 1991

Hodges may not have been a very memorable player in the NBA, but he’s a legend among those who have followed the Three-Point Contest since its inception.

The sniper appeared in the competition eight times during his 10 years in the league, winning three in a row (1990-1992).

While his 25-point round in 1986 still stands as a record, it wasn’t enough to stop Larry Bird from fulfilling his prophecy of winning the event. However, Hodges had his day in the sun when he knocked down a record 19 consecutive three-point shots to capture his second title.

That mark still stands today and was instrumental in guiding the shooter past the likes of Glen Rice and Terry Porter in ’91.


Jason Kapono, 2008

Kapono became the only player in league history to win with two different teams, doing so in back-to-back fashion as a member of the Miami Heat in 2007 and Toronto Raptors in 2008.

His performance in the latter event was especially inspiring, as the marksman was dialed in and at one point connected on 10 straight treys.

It took him two shots to find his range, but eventually he couldn’t miss and sunk every money ball on the way to a record-tying 25-point round.

Kapono was out of the NBA following the 2011-12 campaign, but he sank an impressive 43.4 percent of his long-range attempts during his nine-year tenure in the league.


Larry Bird, 1986-1988

The Boston Celtics legend would go into the annals of NBA history for winning the inaugural Three-Point Contest. It wasn’t enough for the superstar forward, so he participated in and won the next two events as well.

Bird’s intriguing style of shooting in this event—using a rapid-fire, steady motion with little lift—differed from most of his peers and isn’t anything like what we see today, but it’s hard to deny his effectiveness.

The Hick from French Lick certainly did not lack confidence, famously entering the locker room ahead of the ’86 contest and announcing that he would win, per ESPN’s Thomas Neumann: “I want all of you to know I am winning this thing; I'm just looking around to see who's gonna finish up second.”

As usual, Bird was right and added some hardware to his collection after surviving that aforementioned 25-point barrage from Craig Hodges in the second round. Bird finished his Hall of Fame career as a 37.6-percent three-point shooter.



There is certainly no shortage of marksmen involved in the 2014 Three-Point Contest. It’s extremely tough to predict which one will catch fire and connect on the most three-point attempts, but there are some that have a better chance than others.

Joe Johnson is a good bet to emerge for the Eastern Conference, as he’s drilled 86-of-221 (38.9 percent) long-range attempts this season. He’s a career 37.0-percent three-point shooter, so the basket is looking even bigger to him this season.

Stephen Curry might just be the one to make it through for the West. The triggerman is simply unstoppable from downtown, knocking down 154 of his 383 (40.2 percent) shots from distance during the 2013-14 campaign. Considering he’s a 43.7-percent career three-point shooter, it’s safe to say he’s the favorite to win it all.


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