The 2011 NBA Three-Point contestants were announced today and there were some expected names selected, some questionable selections and of course, some snubs—no more than the Orlando Magic's J.J. Redick.
Breaking down the list, you see players that are well-deserving to participate in the contest: Ray Allen, Dorell Right and Paul Pierce. Then a few names pop out as a bit of a surprise: Kevin Durant, James Jones and Daniel Gibson.
Ray Allen is arguably the best shooter in league history and is on the verge of breaking Reggie Miller's all-time three-pointers-made record. Dorelle Right is currently leading the NBA in three-pointers made and Paul Pierce is the defending three-point champion, so these three are deserving contestants.
Now let's take a look at a few players that the NBA maybe should have gone a different direction with.
Kevin Durant is the best pure offensive talent in the league, but he is not even in the top 90 in three-point percentage, shooting 34 percent for the season. Durant is an All-Star, but this is not his event, with many more worthy three-point shooters in the league.
James Jones is a solid three-point shooter, shooting 42 percent on the year, but with three players from Miami being selected to attend the All-Star Game, one might conclude that a new team should be represented.
Daniel Gibson is shooting the three-ball at 43 percent for the year, but how do you invite a guy to All-Star Weekend when he's part of the worst team in NBA history? The Cavs just simply don't deserve to have a player representing their D-League-caliber NBA team.
Redick is the best shooter on the best three-point shooting team in the NBA, yet Orlando will not have a shooter in the contest. Redick is shooting over 40 percent for the year with 74 made three-pointers.
Redick even said earlier in the year that he would love to participate in the event, and if league officials would have invited him he would have brought a bunch of buzz with him, being the best three-point shooter in college basketball history, but league officials overlooked J.J. and went another route.
I guess for Redick there is always next year; oh wait, maybe not, there's that lockout thing still lingering on the horizon.