NEW YORK – Defending champion Stephen Curry and Golden State Warriors teammate Klay Thompson lead a list of five NBA All-Stars who will showcase their shooting range in the 2016 Foot Locker Three-Point Contest on Saturday, Feb. 13 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
The eight-player field also features 2016 All-Stars Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat, James Harden of the Houston Rockets and Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors, as well as Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns, Khris Middleton of the Milwaukee Bucks and J.J. Redick of the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Foot Locker Three-Point Contest is part of State Farm® All-Star Saturday Night, which will be exclusively televised by TNT in the U.S. at 7:30 p.m. ET. This marks Turner Sports’ 31st year of NBA All-Star coverage. Sportsnet and TSN will simulcast the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest in Canada. The event also will be broadcast live on ESPN Radio.
Curry, the NBA’s top scorer (29.8 ppg), has led the league in three-pointers made in each of the last three seasons and is setting the pace again this season. He has hit 232 threes during the Warriors’ 45-4 start, becoming the first player in NBA history to sink 200 in four consecutive seasons and putting him on track to shatter his own NBA record of 286 set last season. The 2014-15 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player, an All-Star starter for the third straight year, will be competing in his fifth Foot Locker Three-Point Contest.
Thompson returns for his second Foot Locker Three-Point Contest after reaching the championship round last year. He ranks second in the NBA with 155 three-pointers made, as he closes in on matching Curry with his fourth consecutive season of at least 200 triples. Thompson, an All-Star for the second year in a row, is averaging 21.5 points and shooting better than 40 percent from deep for the fifth straight year.
Harden, the NBA’s second-leading scorer (27.9 ppg), is also competing for the second year in a row. The four-time All-Star is third in the NBA in three-pointers made (140) and second to Curry in attempts (401). On Jan. 20, Harden became the youngest player (26 years, 147 days) to reach 1,000 career threes made.
The other two 2016 All-Stars in the field are from the Eastern Conference. Bosh, an All-Star for the 11th consecutive year, leads the Heat in three-pointers made with a career-high 78. Lowry, representing the hometown Raptors and starting in the All-Star Game for the second year in a row, is shooting a career-high 38.8 percent from beyond the arc and ranks fourth in the NBA in three-pointers made (135) and fifth in attempts (348).
Booker is the first rookie to compete in the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest since Curry in 2010. The 19-year-old Suns guard leads all rookies in three-point field goal percentage (41.8, 12th in the NBA). On Jan. 19, Booker set a franchise rookie record with six three-pointers and scored a career-high 32 points against the Indiana Pacers. He also hit six threes against the Raptors on Feb. 2, finishing with 27 points.
Middleton and Redick are both having strong shooting seasons. Middleton is connecting on 41.2 percent from three-point range, helping him average a career-high 17.6 points. Redick (16.0 ppg) is converting an NBA-high 48.2 percent of his threes. On Jan. 18, Redick equaled a Clippers record with nine three-pointers as part of a career-high 40-point performance against Houston.
In the two-round, timed competition, five shooting locations are positioned around the three-point arc. Four racks contain four orange balls (each worth one point) and one multi-colored “money” ball (worth two points). The fifth rack is a special “all money ball” rack, which each participant can place at any of the five shooting locations. Every ball on this rack is worth two points. The players have one minute to shoot as many as the 25 balls as they can. The three competitors with the highest scores in the first round advance to the championship round. Complete rules can be found at mediacentral.nba.com.
NBA All-Star 2016 in Toronto – the first NBA All-Star held outside the U.S. – will bring together some of the most talented and passionate players in the league’s history for a global celebration of the game. The 65th NBA All-Star Game, which will take place at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb. 14 at Air Canada Centre, will reach fans in more than 200 countries in more than 40 languages. TNT will televise the All-Star Game in the U.S. for the 14th consecutive year. Air Canada Centre will also host the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge at 9 p.m. ET on Friday, Feb. 12 and State Farm All-Star Saturday Night. Other events at NBA All-Star 2016 include the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game presented by Mountain Dew and the NBA Development League All-Star Game presented by Kumho Tire.
Below is the lineup for the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest and a list of previous winners:
2016 FOOT LOCKER THREE-POINT CONTEST PARTICIPANTS
Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Made Att. %
Devin Booker, Phoenix G 6-6 206 51 122 41.8
Chris Bosh, Miami F 6-11 235 78 213 36.6
Stephen Curry, Golden State G 6-3 190 232 506 45.8
James Harden, Houston G 6-5 220 140 401 34.9
Kyle Lowry, Toronto G 6-0 205 135 348 38.8
Khris Middleton, Milwaukee F 6-8 234 100 243 41.2
J.J. Redick, L.A. Clippers G 6-4 190 120 249 48.2
Klay Thompson, Golden State G 6-7 215 155 357 43.4
(Statistics through games played on Wednesday, Feb. 3)
FOOT LOCKER THREE-POINT CONTEST YEAR-BY-YEAR WINNERS
1986 – Larry Bird, Boston
1987 – Larry Bird, Boston
1988 – Larry Bird, Boston
1989 – Dale Ellis, Seattle
1990 – Craig Hodges, Chicago
1991 – Craig Hodges, Chicago
1992 – Craig Hodges, Chicago
1993 – Mark Price, Cleveland
1994 – Mark Price, Cleveland
1995 – Glen Rice, Miami
1996 – Tim Legler, Washington
1997 – Steve Kerr, Chicago
1998 – Jeff Hornacek, Utah
2000 – Jeff Hornacek, Utah
2001 – Ray Allen, Milwaukee
2002 – Peja Stojakovic, Sacramento
2003 – Peja Stojakovic, Sacramento
2004 – Voshon Lenard, Denver
2005 – Quentin Richardson, Phoenix
2006 – Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas
2007 – Jason Kapono, Miami
2008 – Jason Kapono, Toronto
2009 – Daequan Cook, Miami
2010 – Paul Pierce, Boston
2011 – James Jones, Miami
2012 – Kevin Love, Minnesota
2013 – Kyrie Irving, Cleveland
2014 – Marco Belinelli, San Antonio
2015 – Stephen Curry, Golden State
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