Kyrie Irving To Join An Already Loaded Three-Point Shootout Field

This year’s 3-point shootout is a doozy with Golden State’s Splash Brothers backcourt of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, joining Kyle Korver — who is having perhaps the greatest shooting season in NBA history, an underrated Wesley Matthews and Clippers sharpshooter J.J. Redick. The deep field that may be one of the best ever assembled can now add 2013 Shootout winner, Kyrie Irving to the fold for a contest that may have already replaced the Dunk Contest as the must-see event during All-Star Saturday Night.

Chris Haynes of the Northeast Ohio Media Group (by way of Pro Basketball Talk) has the news:

Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving will participate in the NBA’s Three-Point Contest during All-Star Weekend on Feb. 14 in New York, a league source informed Northeast Ohio Media Group.

The source spoke on the condition of anonymity because the league has yet to officially announce the names of those in the field.

Irving is currently shooting 40.9 percent from beyond the arc. Korver leads the league at 53.7 percent on the year (no other player is above 47 percent), Klay Thompson is connecting on 44.8 percent, Redick is at 43.3 percent, Matthews is at 39.9 percent and Curry is at 39.5 (the lowest of his career, where he’s never finished a season under 40 percent).

Currently, Curry is the favorite in Vegas:

The 2015 Three-Point Shootout, to the chagrin of wives and girlfriends everywhere falls on Saturday, Feb. 14 as part of the NBA’s All-Star Saturday Night, where they’ll also hold the Dunk Contest, Skills Challenge and more.

Here’s Irving winning the competition during his first All-Star berth in 2013 (this year’s nomination as a reserve will be his third All-Star appearance)


Who wins this year’s three-point shootout?

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