The 3-point contest could be show of the weekend based on players involved…
Lillard disrespected by snub: Blazers star angered by decision to leave him out.
Cousins honoured to replace Kobe: Sacramento center in for injured Bryant.
Splash Bros to headline 3-point contest: Curry and Thompson reportedly confirm participation.
Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving has reportedly opted to participate in the 3-point Contest over the All-Star Weekend to complete a stacked field.
Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kyle Korver, JJ Redick and Wesley Matthews have all reportedly agreed to participate, adding Irving to the field will only make it even more competitive.
While it is worth noting that nothing is official yet, those six players are widely expected to take part in the Contest which will be held at the Barclays Center on February 14 along with the Dunk Contest, Skills Challenge and more.
“Cleveland Cavaliers’ point guard Kyrie Irving will participate in the NBA’s Three-Point Contest during All-Star Weekend on Feb. 14 in New York,” a league source informed Northeast Ohio Media.
“Irving, 22, will also make his third All-Star game appearance on Feb.15. The fourth-year guard won the deep-ball event in 2013.”
Irving is shooting 40.9 percent from beyond the arc this season which is fourth best in the league with Korver leading the way in terms of efficiency at 53.7 percent.
Thompson is at 44.8, Redick is 43.3 while Matthews has hit more threes than anyone else this season and Curry is considered the best shooter in the game.
As a result, this competition isn’t one to be missed if it is confirmed that all are taking part, and the Dunk Contest has also received a boost with the expected field while the Rising Stars game will also catch the attention of many given the new format of the USA vs the World.