The NBA’s All-Star weekend has a lot of well known events; some showcase the leagues best young talent, while others show off the leagues best leapers. The Three Point shootout is where the real skill resides, and the threes fly. Here’s my prediction for this All-Star weekends shooting event.
The Shooters: J.J. Redick, Devin Booker, Klay Thompson, C.J. McCollum, Khris Middleton, Kyle Lowry, James Harden, and the reigning champion Stephen Curry.
Predictions: Now all of these guys are extremely talented players, four of them are All-Stars, but they’re even better shooters.
Stephen Curry, GSW: This being said, I’ll start with the reigning champ and obvious favorite of this contest, “Baby Face” Steph Curry. Curry is shooting 45 percent from three point range this season, lighting up opponents wherever and whenever he pleases. Although, I don’t see Curry winning this year as I feel he’s going to get cold a bit later in the challenge.
Klay Thompson, GSW: Now for Curry’s “Splash Brother”, Klay Thompson. Thompson is quite possibly the second best shooter in the Association, but I fear this won’t help him in this years shootout as I see Klay making a first round exit this year.
Khris Middleton, Milwaukee Bucks: This brings us to the Baller on the struggling Bucks, Khris Middleton. Middleton is shooting 40 percent from three point range, in the midst of a career year averaging 18 points for Milwaukee. I like Middleton’s stroke, and can see him advancing out of the first round, maybe even into the finals. Onto the next one.
Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors: Kyle Lowry is also having a great year, helping his Raptors to the two seed in the Eastern Conference, and setting the 6ix ablaze with his 39 percent mark from deep. I hope, but don’t believe, Lowry makes it out of the first round and brings it home for Drake and Toronto.
James Harden, Houston Rockets: Moving onto the “Beard”, James Harden. Harden is having a down year from three, shooting his second worst career percentage of 35, although I still have high hopes for this guard from “Clutch City”. I can definitely see Harden heating up just enough to get him to the second round, then make a strong push into the finals.
Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns: As for the youngest contestant and only rook in this years challenge, I actually see Suns guard Devin Booker having a solid showing on Saturday. I’m not sure he’ll make it much further than the second round, but I have faith Booker will sneak out of the first.
C.J. McCollum: C.J. McCollum is playing fantastic basketball this season, but I’m not sure his 39 percent three point mark will suffice in a game with all of these stellar shooters. Still, McCollum is a sleeper and a solid pick.
J.J. Redick: Finally we get down to the league’s best three point marksman, shooting 48 % from downtown, J.J. Redick. Having a quietly stellar year, I have Redick winning this years shootout in an elite showing. After an early exit last year, Redick’s looking for revenge in the 6ix, and I think he’ll find it.