Deadly shooters have become team staples, and those selected for this year's Foot Locker Three-Point Contest are some of the most lethal deep-ball draining machines out there.
Eastern Conference Participants
Arron Afflalo, Orlando Magic
Three-point percentage: 42.5
Three-pointers attempted per game: 4.4
One of the league's biggest All-Star snubs gets a chance to showcase his outside prowess, for which we should all be grateful.
Arron Afflalo, who has been dominant from behind the rainbow this season, is probably one of the two biggest Eastern Conference threats in this competition.
Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards
Three-point percentage: 43.0
Three-pointers attempted per game: 4.8
Bradley Beal is actually hitting on a higher percentage of his three-pointers than his two-pointers (40.7), so this should be fun—you know, as long as he's not tempted to step inside the arc for some long twos.
Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers
Three-point percentage: 36.9
Three-pointers attempted per game: 4.9
Hate on Kyrie Irving's defense all you want, the kid can shoot threes.
Irving isn't hitting on as many of his deep balls this season, but if he catches fire, there's no Eastern Conference opponent who's going to dethrone the reigning champ.
Joe Johnson, Brooklyn Nets
Three-point percentage: 39.3
Three-pointers attempted per game: 5.0
Joe Johnson is now a seven-time All-Star. Sorry, I just wanted to remind everyone.
Somewhat quietly, Johnson has been lighting it up from long distance this season. Head coach Jason Kidd has steadily devalued isolations and has Joe "Armadillo Cowboy" Johnson shooting threes like he's back in Atlanta, and it apparently suits him.
Western Conference Participants
Marco Belinelli, San Antonio Spurs
Three-point percentage: 44.8
Three-pointers attempted per game: 3.5
My god, the Spurs bring out the best in everyone.
Marco Belinelli has always been a deft shooter, but he's automatic in San Antonio. If his hot streak continues, and his release quickens without sacrificing form, he could do some serious damage here.
Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
Three-point percentage: 41.5
Three-pointers attempted per game: 8.2
I'm pretty sure this contest was invented with Curry in mind, even though that's impossible.
Curry is already generating best-shooter-of-all-time buzz, and rightfully so. His lightning-quick release is paired with near-unmatchable accuracy, which is incredible. And awesome. And scary.
And perfect for this type of exhibition.
Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
Three-point percentage: 40.4
Three-pointers attempted per game: 7.0
Lillard just won't get out of our faces, and I'm not complaining.
The sophomore has been lighting it up from downtown this season, and if he's not too exhausted from his previous exploits, he's a legitimate threat to win the whole thing.
Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves
Three-point percentage: 37.0
Three-pointers attempted per game: 6.2
Kevin Love has been here before. He won the competition in 2012, beating out Kevin Durant, before injuries kept him from defending his title last season.
Healthy as ever this year, Love has the chance to reclaim his 2012 title.