NBA Players with All-Day Jumpers Who Should Be in the 3-Point Contest
The NBA's 2016 edition of All-Star Weekend is closer than you think (Feb. 12-14). That means the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest is also set to return.
Besides some of the obvious candidates we see fill it up on a nightly basis—hello, Stephen Curry—we set out to find other NBA players with all-day jumpers who should be in the big dance. Using current stats such as three-point percentage and shots made, we found eight excellent choices.
Find out which names made our list and don't forget to enjoy the 2016 Foot Locker Three-Point Contest on Feb. 13.
Behind Golden State Warrior gunners Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, Indiana Pacers forward Paul George sits third in three-pointers made. George's 128 long-range daggers prove that this flashy scorer has enough of a jumper to warrant a spot in this competition.
Seeing him compete with the likes of Curry and Thompson—assuming they jump in the contest—would make for an all-star cast of names to try and chase the crown.
In today's NBA, three-point percentage matters. That's why Washington Wizards sniper Jared Dudley is featured on this list.
Dudley is currently shooting 46.6 percent from beyond the arc. At 6'7", the veteran has continued to show a supreme level of comfort when he gets a good look.
Despite his sweet percentage, Dudley is only averaging 28.7 minutes per game. Maybe the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest will let him spread his wings and prove he can compete with some of the NBA's brightest stars.
What's a three-point shootout without the former Duke legend J.J. Redick? Redick is one of the longtime NBA stalwarts when it comes to three-pointers.
To show you how brilliant the Los Angeles Clippers guard has been from deep this season, you have to look at his totals. The fact he's drilled 114 three-pointers puts him seventh on the NBA's current leaderboard. Beyond that number, Redick has also been accurate as can be. His 48.5 percentage is second-best in basketball.
He might get lost behind the mesmerizing play of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, but J.J. Redick has been a constant in this arena for years now.
Every year, Kyle Lowry finds a way to impress the world. The 2015-16 NBA season is no different.
Lowry has gone on a tear, averaging 20.9 points, 6.4 assists and 5.0 rebounds per game. Opening up his arsenal, the Raptors guard has also improved his numbers from deep.
Think about this: Prior to this season, Lowry's top percentage from deep was 38.0. Over the course of this season, he's pushed that percentage up to 38.8, sinking 125 bombs in the process.
When you break it down, there's no way around it—Lowry belongs in the Three-Point Contest.
Can we please give Omri Casspi a few more looks from the land of good and plenty? The Sacramento Kings forward has historically shot well from deep, but this year he's gone on to improve those numbers.
As it stands today, Casspi is shooting 44.8 percent from outside of the arc. That total has fueled his 12.4 points-per-game average.
Mixing a few underdogs into the Three-Point Contest isn't a bad thing. Casspi has an all-day jumper; therefore, despite his lack of star power, he more than qualifies.
Khris Middleton has flown under the three-point radar for what feels like forever now. In the thick of another productive season—Middleton is averaging 17.9 points per contest—the Bucks guard also has found his range from outside of the two-point universe.
His percentage currently sits at 42.4. That's good enough to place him 11th in the NBA. Considering the fact he's extremely selective with his threes—he's only sunk 95 to date—Middleton deserves a ton of credit for what he's accomplished.
He's a polished shooter who would make for a nice addition to the Three-Point Contest during All-Star Weekend.
It's been an MVP-caliber season for San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard. He's done all he can to balance out his squad, racking up 19.9 points, 2.5 assists and 6.7 rebounds per game.
Besides being an offensive savant and defensive magnet, Leonard has also been crushing it from beyond the arc. He's shooting 48.8 percent from that range—a league high—putting 80 of his attempts in the hoop.
The silent sniper has an underrated jumper. It'd be fun to watch him compete against some of the top long-range gunners in the NBA.
C.J. McCollum's sudden explosion in production has been an added bonus for the Portland Trail Blazers. Prior to this season—in which he's tallying 20.8 points per game—McCollum's career best was an average of 6.8 points.
Part of the reason he's elevated his play has been thanks to the long ball. At this writing, McCollum is tied with J.J. Redick for seventh in three-pointers with 112 made—we should note that his percentage made is significantly lower than Redick's at 39.3.
Even with a lower percentage, McCollum has still done a lot of good for the Blazers. He's established a sound jumper, and because of that, he'd be a welcome addition to the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest.
All stats and information provided by Basketball-Reference.com, unless noted otherwise.