NBA all-star three-point contest primer: Can Lowry upset Thompson?

The slam dunk contest may get all the hype heading into each NBA all-star weekend, but in a league in which the long bomb is as crucial as ever to a team’s success and a player’s value to his team, the three-point shootout is coming for the dunk contest’s title.

This year’s field is loaded with big-name talent and three-point specialists alike.

Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon is back to defend his 2017 crown, while Golden State Warriors marksman Klay Thompson, who won the shootout in Toronto in 2016, is the betting favourite to win it all. But will an Eastern conference foe like Kyle Lowry or Bradley Beal defy the odds and win it this time?

The #JBL3PT field at #StateFarmSaturday! @TheofficialEG10 *defending @KlayThompson @RealDealBeal23 @Klow7 @Yg_Trece @DevinBook @WayneElli22 @tobias31

— 2018 NBA All-Star (@NBAAllStar) February 2, 2018

Here’s a look at the 2018 three-point contest field:

ERIC GORDON, Houston Rockets

Contest history: 2017 champ
2017-18 stats: 154 3PM (7th in NBA), 3.0 3PM per game, 33.4 per cent
Games with 5+ three-pointers this season: 12
Season-high: 7 threes made (twice)
Last 10 games: 32.1 per cent
Hot spot: Left corner (45.2 per cent)

Gordon has reinvented himself as a long-range specialist on the three-point happy Houston Rockets, currently third in the NBA at a whopping nine attempts per game. He’s an incredibly streaky shooter who can shut down the gym when he catches fire, like he did last year when he scored 25 points in the first round — tied for the second-highest total in a single round.

But if his recent sample size is any indication of where his rhythm is at, Gordon could be in …read more



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