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NBA announces All-Star Three-Point Shootout lineup

Feb 15, 2012, 5:24 PM EDT

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The NBA has just announced the lineup for this year’s 3-point shooting contest at All-Star Weekend in Orlando. It is part of the Saturday night events Feb. 25 (along with the Dunk Contest and the tedious Skills Contest). Here are your contestants:

James JonesThe defending champion. Jones has seen his minutes go way down this season thanks to the Heat’s signing of Shane Battier and Mike Miller getting healthy again, but the 3-point specialist will get the chance to defend his title.

Kevin LoveLast season, Love had one of the best rebounding/3-point shooting seasons of all time, averaging 15 rebounds per game while shooting 41.7% from beyond the arc. This season, Love is shooting 36% from deep while making 1.6 threes per game.

Anthony MorrowMorrow has been considered one of, if not the best, spot-up three-point shooter in the league since his rookie season with the Golden State Warriors. This season, the undrafted Georgia Tech product is shooting 42% from beyond the arc while making 2.2 threes per game for the Nets, and is nearly automatic when given an open three-point look. Morrow isn’t the biggest name on this list, but he’s a good bet to win the contest.

Joe JohnsonThe do-it all Atlanta swingman is currently making 1.8 threes per game while shooting 35.6% from deep. Johnson hasn’t been one of the best three-point shooters in the league this season, but he’s a big name.

Mario Chalmers: Miami’s mercurial point guard has been doing an exemplary job of stretching the floor for the “big three” this season, making 2.0 threes per game while shooting a blistering 46.3% from deep. Chalmers may be a good sleeper pick, but he also might find a way to foul the other contestants while they’re taking their shots.

Ryan AndersonOnce upon a time, Anderson was considered a throw-in in a trade that sent Courtney Lee to the Nets and Vince Carter to the Magic. This year, he’s leading the NBA with 2.9 threes made per game while shooting 42.1% from deep, and making teams pay dearly every time they try to double down on Dwight Howard. He’ll also enjoy a home-court advantage, as this year’s All-Star weekend will take place in Orlando.

There’s your lineup. My money is on Morrow and his silky-smooth stroke, but I’m also disappointed that Ray Allen, who leads the NBA in career three-pointers made and is shooting a career-high 49.5% from deep this year, won’t be making an appearance. Anyways, it should be a good shootout down in Orlando.

  1. 00maltliquor - Feb 15, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    Morrow’s taking it this year. Love will be the surprise runner-up.

  2. nightrain42 - Feb 15, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    Ryan Anderson

  3. mikeewright7 - Feb 15, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    Awww man i wish Ray Allen was in it, he is my favorite player of all time, 3point King

  4. basketball34 - Feb 15, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    As they say in Connecticut, “Ray Allen, Yo.” Have to admire the Three-Point King.

  5. losangelasbasketball - Feb 15, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    Three point comp should introduced a “flaming ball” that is dunked in kerosene and lit on fire…then ide probably watch….

    • raidmagic - Feb 15, 2012 at 7:52 PM

      I like to watch it anyway but that certainly would increase the entertainment value.

    • 00maltliquor - Feb 16, 2012 at 1:21 AM

      That’d be sweet! Like NBA Jam when they get on fire after they hit 3 in a row

  6. glink123 - Feb 15, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    Time for the NBA to pony up some of that $3 billion in revenue and make the AllStar game a meaningful fan experience. $5 million prize for the 3 point contest winner, $5 million prize for the dunk contest winner. Bet you’d see some names sign up then.

    • rooney24 - Feb 15, 2012 at 11:23 PM

      That would be a little high for the contests. Especially when the judging on the dunk contest is often a little sketchy. Too often a big name player beats out a lesser name guy, regardless of the actual dunks made. And, if the prize were that big, how do you decide who gets a chance? I like that a few lesser name guys get a chance to show something. If the big names wanted in, they could get in. If they don’t want in, more money probably won’t change that. What’s a few million when you make tens of millions every year?

  7. dwighthowardisamazing - Feb 15, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    what about Matt Bonner? He was #1 from beyond the arc last season…

  8. captaincanuck84 - Feb 15, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    glink, silly idea….5M is extreme for a prize for an exhibition. Also, Ray Allen would be nice to see but he isnt the game and Im sure at his age and stage in his career he welcomes the time to rest for the stretch run as they are playing more than ever before in this crazy condensed schedule.

  9. tcclark - Feb 15, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    Where’s Jodie Meeks?

  10. miamatt - Feb 15, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    Super Mario Chalmers.

  11. max20characters - Feb 15, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    What about Ben Wallace??

  12. theripster30 - Feb 15, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    Another shout out to Ray Allen. He should be invited every year.

  13. ashutto20 - Feb 15, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    Played against Morrow…never expected him to be doing what he is doing now

  14. acdc363 - Feb 16, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    Ray allen yo!

  15. philtration - Feb 16, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    Kyle Korver is hitting 2.9 threes a game and is shooting 44% from behind the line.
    Why is he not here and how do you leave Ray Allen out?

  16. max20characters - Feb 16, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Brandon Rush is the #1 3pt shooting player in the LEAGUE. How unfair can this bias crap get?!

  17. ascreamingcomesacrossthecourt - Feb 18, 2012 at 3:48 AM

    Yeah Ray Allen would have been a much better pick than Joe Johnson while retaining that “big name” quality. However, I’d rather have Steve Novak, Kyle Korver, Stephen Curry, Anthony Morrow, Matt Bonner, and Ryan Anderson. I’d explained it here:

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