The 3-Point Contest
Speaking of guys lighting it up from the outside, the Rockets have a roster full of them. Four guys are shooting above 38 percent from beyond the arc as of January 3rd, but I think two of those guys would be particularly interesting selections for the NBA 3-Point Contest on All-Star Saturday night.
Now in his ninth year in the league, P.J. Tucker is hitting a career-high 38.7 of his outside shots for Houston. Tucker has been one of the biggest beneficiaries of the new superstar backcourt pairing, as they’re both stellar at drawing attention inside and kicking out to open shooters.
With just about everyone in the league now adding the 3-point shot into their arsenal, it’s highly unlikely the NBA could find room for Tucker, but the recognition would be nice. One thing is certain: if there was a shooting contest from the corners only, P.J. would win in a landslide.
When you’re having a 3-point shooting contest, you might as well include the man that’s making over five per game. James Harden is averaging 5.2 3-pointers made on 13.5 attempts per game, which are both easily number one in the league.
The Beard’s star power would definitely be welcome and his quick release would benefit him in the shootout. Also, if he’s invited, he would certainly add some flair to the event. I can picture James catching fire and mixing in a stepback or even his one-legged 3-pointer on the final rack if he participates this year.
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