Marco Belinelli to Compete in Three-Point Contest at All-Star Weekend

Marco Belinelli to Compete in Three-Point Contest at All-Star Weekend

NEW YORK – The NBA today announced that Spurs guard Marco Belinelli has been selected to participate in the 2014 Foot Locker Three-Point Contest, which will be held on Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans as part of State Farm NBA All-Star Saturday Night. This is the second consecutive year the Spurs have had a participant in the Three-Point Contest with Matt Bonner advancing to the final round in last year’s competition.

Belinelli, in his first year with the Spurs, is shooting a career-best 44.3 (74-167) percent from three point range through 49 games which ranks fourth in the NBA. The 6-5 Italian has shot .500 or better from three-point range in 22 games this season including five games in which he has made all of his attempts (minimum 2, 4-4 at ORL on 11/29) and has recorded two games with 5-or-more three pointers made (6 vs. NYK on 1/2/14 and 5 vs. OKC on 12/21). For his career, Belinelli is shooting 39.4 (522-1,326) percent from beyond the arc.

Belinelli becomes the seventh Spur to compete in the Three-Point Shootout joining Bonner (2013), Roger Mason, Jr. (2009), Steve Smith (2002), Terry Porter (2000), Chuck Person (1995) and Dale Ellis (1994).

State Farm All-Star Saturday Night will be exclusively televised on TNT. The event also will be broadcast live on ESPN Radio and will collectively reach fans in 215 countries and territories in more than 47 languages.

For the second consecutive year, the Eastern and Western conferences will compete during State Farm All-Star Saturday Night in an evening of challenges that will raise money for charity. NBA Cares and State Farm will make a joint donation of $500,000 as part of the event, with $100,000 awarded to each event’s winning conference’s charities and $25,000 going to the charities of the runner-up for each event. The Eastern Conference will be playing for the American Heart Association and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF while the Western Conference will compete for Teach for America and Wounded Warrior Project®. All-Stars Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors and George, winner of the 2012-13 Kia NBA Most Improved Player Award, will serve as captains of the Western and Eastern Conferences, respectively. The charities were selected by George and Curry, the NBA, and State Farm.

The NBA’s best from behind the arc will take part in the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest, with the eight players competing in a two-round competition. Each player will have one minute to shoot as many balls as he can. The highest scoring East and highest scoring West competitors from the First Round will advance to the Championship Round. Of the two finalists, the one with the lower individual score from the First Round will go first in the Championship Round. The player scoring the most points in the Championship Round will win the 2014 Foot Locker Three-Point Contest for his conference along with $100,000 for their Conference’s charities.

Five shooting stations will be set up around the three-point line, with four Official Spalding NBA game balls worth one point each and one Spalding NBA All-Star 2014 commemorative “money ball” worth two points at each location. New to this year’s contest, each player will also be able to switch one of the five shooting locations to a full rack of five “money balls,” each of which will be worth two points. This innovative element was first implemented in the 2009 NBA Development League All-Star Three-Point competition as part of D-League Dream Factory.