Jan 28, 2013; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Houston Rockets small forward Carlos Delfino (10) shoots a three-point shot during the first quarter against the Utah Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports
With the announcement of Houston Rockets forward Chandler Parsons as a participant of this year’s Rising Stars Challenge, the NBA will announce all the participants of the rest of the All-Star events in the coming weeks. It has always been an interesting process for the NBA when selecting who to invite to participate in the 3 point shootout each year. This year should be no different, but in my eyes, Carlos Delfino deserves to a spot in this year’s shootout. While his 3 point percentage may not justify this case, as Delfino currently ranks 27th for all qualified players at 40 percent, he does rank at number 12 in total 3 point makes this season with 98 so far, as well as number 6 in 3 point makes per game, at 2.5.
With just 6 spots available, there are many qualified players to choose from. Kyle Korver, Stephen Curry, Steve Novak, Ray Allen, Ersan Ilyasova, Mike Dunleavy, Randy Foye, Kevin Martin, Jose Calderon, and Ben Gordon are currently in the top ten for 3 point shooting percentage, while other sharpshooters Ryan Anderson, Klay Thompson, and J.J. Redick are in the top ten for total 3 pointers made. Last year’s 3 point champion, Kevin Love, will not be able to defend his title due to injury.
Delfino has never participated in the 3 point shootout in his eight year career, but should do very well in a shooting competition like this. He is a pure shooter, who can easily and smoothly flick the ball into the basket from beyond 23 feet consistently. Most of his threes have been spot up or stand-still shots this season as well, which is how the contest is designed to be. Also, it would be great to have another Rockets representative in an All-Star competition for the hometown fans.
I would like to see Delfino, Korver, Curry, Novak, Anderson, Redick, and the great Ray Allen as the participants. Nevertheless, the NBA has great shooters to choose from this year.