All-Star weekend 2015 in New York City is rounding into shape. The NBA officially announced its
, and now there’s exciting info coming out about who’ll be in the 3-point shootout on the same night.
Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, the “Splash Brothers” of the Golden State Warriors, and Kyle Korver of the Atlanta Hawks — all of whom are having historically effective seasons from beyond the arc — will participate in the contest. As will Wesley Matthews of the Portland Trail Blazers, and J.J. Redick of the Los Angeles Clippers. This according to Yahoo! Sports — the official announcement from the league is yet to come.
The group is one of the most potent fields to enter the competition in quite some time. While the dunk contest is populated with up-and-comers, the 3-point show will feature the very best in the game at what they do, and all of these players are in their primes.
Curry and Thompson comprise a backcourt that looks likely to go down as the best shooting duo the game has ever seen. And Korver, across the country, is the most potent weapon in an outstanding Hawks offense, flirting with numbers that no one’s achieved before.
An elite club of just six players (Dirk Nowitzki, Larry Bird, Mark Price, Kevin Durant, Reggie Miller and Steve Nash) has shot 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from three, and 90 percent from the charity stripe over a full season. Korver, through 44 games, has been transcendent with not just a 50-40-90 mark, but an otherwordly 50-50-90 line.
It’s fitting that the star power will be in the shooting contest this year, not the dunking contest. Floor-spacers have been on the rise in the modern state of the game for a while, and this season’s All-Star weekend will put that transition onto center stage.
— John Wilmes