All-Star Saturday is one of the most anticipated dates on the NBA calendar, and with good reason. Legends are made at this annual event that showcases out-of-this-world athleticism as well as well as technical skill. From Jordan-Wilkins showdowns in the dunk contest to Larry Bird asking which of his competitors are going to finish second in the three-point shootout, All-Star Saturday has no shortage of memorable moments.
Tonight, Stephen Curry has a chance to become part of that NBA lore when he competes in the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest (5:30 p.m. PT, TNT). Curry is no stranger to that competition. He finished second to Paul Pierce in the event in 2010 and grew up around the shootout as a result of his father, Dell Curry, being a two-time participant himself. If the video below is any indication, Curry is more than ready to become the first Warriors player to win the event in franchise history.
If the above video doesn’t make Curry a favorite to win the shootout, the numbers just might. The Warriors guard is tied for second in the NBA in 3-point shooting percentage (.447) with fellow contestant Steve Novak of the Knicks, and Curry’s 149 made threes this season are second only to Ryan Anderson of the Hornets, who is also in the shootout. San Antonio’s Matt Bonner, Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving and Indiana’s Paul George round out the field.
This year’s shootout will be a little different from year’s past, as the league has pitted the Western and Eastern Conferences against each other in a majority of the competitions at NBA All-Star Weekend. The highest scoring contestant from each conference will advance to the finals, which doesn’t necessarily include the two highest scores. As a result, Curry will be competing against only Bonner and Anderson, Western Conference players, in the opening round, and whoever has the highest score of that threesome will advance to the finals against the leader of the East’s squad – either Novak, Irving or George.
Regardless of who wins the shootout, the event is sure to be an exciting part of a thrilling weekend for the NBA. And if Stephen Curry has his way, he’ll become part of a historic moment at NBA All-Star Saturday that we won’t soon forget.