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Kevin Durant to replace Joe Johnson in Three-Point Contest

Feb 22, 2012, 8:04 PM EDT

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And the All-Star Three-Point Contest continues to have way more star power than the Dunk Contest….

Kevin Durant has been chosen to replace the Hawks Joe Johnson in the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest on All-Star Saturday night in Orlando, the league has announced. Johnson has tendonitis in his left knee and is resting it through the weekend (the Hawks will re-evaluate him next week, he has missed the last couple Atlanta games).

Durant joins Kevin Love, defending champion James Jones of the Heat, Mario Chalmers, Anthony Morrow and Orlando’s own Ryan Anderson.

Durant is shooting a good 36.7 percent from three this year — a number you have to respect in game but is not what you usually see from winners of this event (40 percent plus). However, he can knock them down, and people will tune in to watch him because he’s a name.

Which is more than you can say for the dunk contest.

  1. max20characters - Feb 22, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    I hope you realize Golden State’s Brandon Rush is the LEAGUE LEADER in 3PT percentage with 57%. Its ok. Warrior fans should be used to snubbed players by now.

  2. savvybynature - Feb 22, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    Matt Bonner too. Guy is a machine. Like literally, the guy is so stiff, he looks like a machine shooting. He runs like Yogi Bear, lol. He can knock down the 3 tho. 41.7% career and better than 45% the last two seasons. Chalmers and Morrow, phwww.

    • sellahh - Feb 23, 2012 at 4:58 AM

      Yogi bear hahaha, ok i lold.

  3. glink123 - Feb 22, 2012 at 11:37 PM

    would love to see Kyle Korver in the 3pt contest. dude has a release that is straight butter.

  4. theripster30 - Feb 23, 2012 at 12:43 AM

    This is disappointing. Not to take anything away from Durant, but Ray Allen was snubbed for the second time this year. He’s such a great competitor in the three point contest. Maybe the greatest ever. Ray is shooting 48 percent from three this season, which is eight percent higher than his career average. That alone should be enough to get him in the contest. More importantly, Ray doesn’t have a lot of time left. Durant won’t even be 30 in five years, while Ray will be 41 and likely retired. To me, it just seems like a lack of respect for a guy who deserves the opportunity while he still has it.

    • sellahh - Feb 23, 2012 at 4:59 AM

      He lost last year to James goddamn Jones. Im sure event holders would prefer Allen over Morrow or Chalmers so i guess he just didnt want in.

    • theonlysaneblazerfan - Feb 23, 2012 at 2:27 PM

      Ray Allen was invited and declined to compete.

  5. africanballer - Feb 23, 2012 at 2:31 AM

    He’ll fail miserably, but that’s ok

  6. basketball34 - Feb 23, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    Ray Allen was asked to participate in 2012 three-point challenge, but declined the invitation, So, for once, it was not the league’s blunder. Ray Allen yo.

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