This is not surprising whatsoever: Golden State Warriors’ guard Stephen Curry was selected to participate in the NBA’s 3-Point Contest during All-Star weekend in New Orleans.
Curry is shooting 40.2 percent from beyond-the-arc this season, and leads the league in three-pointers made with 154. He participated in the contest last season as well.
Besides Irving, the other participants in this year’s contest are the Nets’ Joe Johnson, the Blazers’ Damian Lillard, the Timberwolves’ Kevin Love, the Wizards’ Bradley Beal, the Spurs’ Marco Belinelli, and the Magic’s Aaron Afflalo.
Curry will not only be shooting threes on Saturday, but also on Sunday, as he was named a starter in the All-Star game as well, receiving the most votes out of all the Western Conference guards.
Not selected to join Curry for the three-point contest was his teammate Klay Thompson, who ranks second behind Curry in made-threes this season with 144, and is shooting a higher-percentage from three (41 percent) than Curry. In fact, Curry’s 40.2 percent-shooting on threes is tied for 28th in the league with Kevin Martin, Deron Williams, and Martell Webster. But this could just be a byproduct of the Warriors depending on Curry much more this season. His 383 attempted three-pointers is most in the NBA this season.
Nonetheless, the NBA probably wants Curry, who is on the brink of stardom, to highlight the 3-point contest. Hopefully, we’ll see him put on a a show.