Beyond the Key Episode of the week
By Adam Fornwalt
As we head full steam into All Star Weekend in Toronto, one of the events to look forward to is the Three-Point Contest. Last year’s champion Stephen Curry headlines the field along with fellow splash brother Klay Thompson and Clippers three-point specialist J.J. Reddick. Curry is looking to become the first repeat winner since Jason Kapono did it in 2007-2008. The rest of the field consists of 2016 All Stars Chris Bosh, Kyle Lowry, and James Harden as well as Khris Middleton and Devin Booker.
The rules of the contest are simple; each player takes five shots from five positions spread out beyond the three-point line, with the top three scores advancing to the final round to determine a winner. With that being said, let’s take a look at who has the best chance to dethrone Curry in this year’s competition:
Chris Bosh - The former Toronto Raptor returns to his first NBA home this weekend with little chance to win the trophy. He ranks just 51st from beyond the arc this season and simply doesn’t deserve to be in the contest.
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Devin Booker – In a season which has been a major disappointment for the Phoenix Suns, rookie shooting guard Devin Booker has been one of the few standouts. He’s shot 40% from three and looks to be someone to watch in future three point contests, but could very well be buried amongst a talented field in 2016.
Khris Middleton – Don’t be deceived with Middleton’s three-point success this season. The 24-year old Bucks shooting guard has struggled recently, making just 15 out of his last 50 three point attempts. Middleton must return to his early season form if he has any chance at knocking off the major players.
Kyle Lowry- The hometown player will have the crowd on his side Saturday night and will look to use that to his advantage. He’s a pretty good three pointer shooter to boot, making just under 40% of his attempts this season. I like Lowry’s chances to get into the final three.
James Harden – “The Beard” went head to head with Curry last season for MVP honors, falling short in the end. Harden’s game is mostly based on mid-range and ranks just 64th from three. Nevertheless, he wants revenge on Curry and will put up a good fight.
J.J. Reddick – Overshadowed out West by the Warriors and Spurs this season, J.J. Reddick is quietly 2nd in three-point percentage this season. He’s flourished since Blake Griffin’s been consistently dealing with injuries, and is a major threat to take down Curry.
Klay Thompson – If you were to look up “streaky shooter” in the dictionary, the picture would be of Klay Thompson. He has single handedly put the Warriors on his back at times this season, but has also shot his way out of several games. Time will tell what version of the other splash brother we see on display Saturday.
Adam Fornwalt Prediction:
Final Three Prediction: Stephen Curry, Kyle Lowry, J.J. Reddick
Winner: Stephen Curry