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Kevin Durant added to Three-Point Contest

Posted on: February 15, 2012 5:01 pm
Edited on: February 22, 2012 6:59 pm
James Jones will look to defend his 3-point shooting crown. (Getty Images)
Posted by Ben Golliver  

Update: Atlanta Hawks guard Joe Johnson will sit out both the All-Star Game and the Three-Point Contest, due to tendonitis in his left knee. Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star forward Kevin Durant will replace him, according to the Thunder. Durant also participated in the 2011 Three-Point Contest.


Bombs away.

The NBA announced its field of six competitors for the annual Three-Point Contest, a Saturday staple of All-Star Weekend. This year's Three-Point Contest will take place at the Amway Center in Orlando on Saturday, Feb. 25.

The field includes Miami Heat forward James Jones, the defending champion, plus Heat guard Mario Chalmers, Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star forward Kevin Love, Atlanta Hawks All-Star guard Joe Johnson, Orlando Magic forward Ryan Anderson and New Jersey Nets guard Anthony MorrowLast week, Love revealed that he would be among the competitors.

Chalmers leads this year's field with 46.3 percent 3-point shooting. He's actually not even the best 3-point shooter on the Heat, as Mike Miller is connecting on 52.1 percent of his tries, although he's only taken 48 through Tuesday night's action. Anderson is next at 42.1 percent (22nd in the league among shooters with enough attempts), Morrow is at 42.0 percent (26th in the league), Love is at 36.1 percent (63rd in the league) and Johnson is at 35.6 percent (65th in the league). Jones is shooting 40.4 percent from deep but hasn't hoisted enough threes to make the leaderboard. He would place in the mid-thirties if he had.

Here's how the competition works, in case you are new to the sport of basketball.

The players will compete in the two-round competition with the top three finishers from the first round advancing to the finals. Five shooting stations will be set up around the three-point line, with four Official Spalding NBA game balls worth one point each and one Spalding NBA All-Star 2012 commemorative “money ball” worth two points at each location. Each player will have one minute to shoot as many balls as he can. In the final round, players will shoot in ascending order of first-round scores. At the discretion of the referee, television instant replay may be consulted for clarification of rules compliance.

At 2011 All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles, Jones defeated a field that included Boston Celtics All-Star forward Paul Piece, Celtics All-Star guard Ray Allen, Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star forward Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors forward Dorell Wright and Cleveland Cavaliers guard Daniel Gibson.

Since: Oct 10, 2011
Posted on: February 22, 2012 7:15 pm

Kevin Durant added to Three-Point Contest

I'm more interested with this year's 3-point contest than the Slam dunk contest.

Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2012 1:48 pm

NBA announces Three-Point Contest participants

Another crappy group of contestants.

Morrow - clank
Love - clank
Johnson - clank

Keeping shooters like Curry, Novak, and Redick is a disservice to the fans.  Those are a few of the real, pure shooters in the league.

Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: February 16, 2012 11:12 am

NBA announces Three-Point Contest participants

kevin love is currently one of best three point shooters in the nba.   he recently did his own contest with some of the coaching staff looking on and timing him just they do in the actual contest.   i am convinced that kevin love can win this contest. he has a very quick release, and pretty accurate for a big man.

Since: Feb 1, 2009
Posted on: February 15, 2012 8:56 pm

NBA announces Three-Point Contest participants

My money is on Ryan Anderson. James Jones is rusty and probably won't have the stamina to finish off carts well. I think Chalmers has a slower release, so the pace of repeated balls will probably mess him up. To me, Ryan Anderson has the most natural stroke and I can see him clearing racks with ease. 

Joe Johnson probably just wants in because he's the least mentioned max guy in the league. Kevin Love is an absolute joke that he's in this thing as a PF. You know how the unexpected always happens though, so expect Anderson and Love in the finals.  

Since: Apr 11, 2007
Posted on: February 15, 2012 7:53 pm

NBA announces Three-Point Contest participants

You know,

;     &nbs
p;  It would not have been a bad place to insert "Linsanity" into the all star festival, I think they should get someone "sick" and throw him in there, not many stories can re-inflate a whole league, and this one has, build on it NBA, just build on it :).

Since: Nov 30, 2007
Posted on: February 15, 2012 5:46 pm

NBA announces Three-Point Contest participants

Would've loved to see Paul George get in on this action.  Hopefully he will at least be in the dunk contest.  He's shooting at a higher percentage from downtown than either Love or Joe Johnson and very similar to the others, but admittedly doesn't bring the star power they do to the event.

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