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The Sweet-Shooting Highlights Of This Year's NBA All-Star Three-Point Contest Participants
Watch the hoop burn again and again!
by Ron Jay Eduvas | Feb 12, 2016
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The 2016 NBA All-Star Weekend is just around the corner and that means we're about to see the best ballers on the planet do their thing under one roof. You might want to grab some snacks while watching all the hoop-tastic festivities coming our way.

The mid-season showcase takes place in Toronto on February 13 to 15 (Philippine time) inside the Air Canada Center. This will be the first time the spectacle will be held outside the United States.

And, aside from the East vs. West All-Star Game, one of the many awesome activities basketball fans are eager to see is the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest happening on the 14th, right before the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest.

Last year's winner, Golden State's Golden Boy Steph Curry, will be defending his title against seven outstanding shooters including teammate Klay Thompson and fellow All-Stars Kyle Lowry and Chis Bosh.

Now, before you debate on who among these snipers will emerge the victor, why don't we check out some of their sweet-shooting highlights first.

Read on and watch the hoop burn!


Steph Curry, Golden State Warriors

Curry scorched the Madison Square Garden last year en route to winning the 2015 Three-Point Contest title. This year, Chef Curry has been cooking all over the place, shooting 25- and 30-footers—even half-court heaves—like he's just taking free throws. For the record, he's currently averaging 45.4-percent from deep.

There's no doubt the reigning league MVP is considered the man to beat here.


Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors

Joining Steph on Sunday is Splash Brother Klay. The GSW two-time All-Star might have started the season a little funky but it looks like he has snapped out of it as of late. He's back on track, scoring 20 points per game with a superb 46.9-percent clip from three-point range. Yes, higher than Curry's.

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Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors

K-Lo will have the home court advantage come Sunday. Aside from the hometown crowd cheering him on, he'll also have the benefit of having the familiarity of shooting on his home floor—as if it's only a practice sesh!

The East All-Star starter can also light it up with his 42.5-percent clip from downtown.


J.J. Redick, Los Angeles Clippers

The Freddie Prinze Jr. of the NBA isn't only famous for his Hollywood looks, he's also one of best shooters today. Thanks to his top-tier 47.5-percent three-point shooting clip, the Clippers are capable of stretching the floor more effectively. 

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James Harden, Houston Rockets

We all know The Beard loves taking threes. In fact, he can finish a game shooting only two kinds of shots: three-point shots and free throws.

Kidding aside, Harden is one of the deadliest offensive players in the league. If Curry has magnificent handles and can stroke it from anywhere on the floor, Harden has his eurostep and stepback moves that most of the time result to buckets.

However, that strength of his can also become his greatest weakness come Sunday. Harden is an excellent shooter off the dribble, but as a spot-up shooter? That we really don't know.


Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks

The four-year veteran has steadily transformed himself into a legit scorer—especially from the perimeter.

From being a below-average shooter, Middleton has upped his three-point field goal percentage to 42.8. Also, thanks to his much-improved stroke, he has become the Bucks' go-to guy when it comes to the clutch.


Chris Bosh, Miami Heat

The 11-time NBA All-Star loves learning new things. He's a self-confessed engineering geek and a self-thought HTML coding expert. That's why when Coach Erik Spoelstra challenged him to become a three-point shooter, he took the task head on and learned the necessary things to be one.

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And now it's paying off. His 39.5-percent shooting from deep is impressive for anyone who's almost seven-feet.


Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns

Out on the floor, the 19-year-old rookie might look like a kid playing with grown-ups. But don't be deceived by his looks because this youngin can really stroke it from deep, and in a hurry.

It took some time before the 6'6" rookie out of Kentucky was finally included in the Suns' regular rotation. In some games, he'll defer to his veteran teammates, but when he's given the green light, he can instantly turn into a deadly sniper from the outside.

His three-point clip is currently listed at 40.4-percent, and we have a hunch it'll only become higher in the coming years.

 

Images from NBA.com; Statistics from Espn.com
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