Curry Finished Second At The Event In 2010
Curry, who finished runner-up in the contest as a rookie in 2010, is averaging career highs of 20.7 points, 6.6 assists and 37.7 minutes to go with 4.0 rebounds and 1.58 steals in 45 games (all starts) this season. The fourth-year guard ranks second in the NBA in three-point field goal percentage (.449) and total three-pointers made (142) and is on pace to become the first player in NBA history to hit above 44 percent from three-point range on more than seven attempts per game. All-time, Curry ranks second behind only Steve Kerr in career three-point percentage (.444).
Curry’s participation will mark the third time in the last four years that the Warriors will be represented in the Three-Point Contest after Dorell Wright took part in the event in 2011 and Curry did so in 2010. Curry also competed in—and won—the Taco Bell Skills Challenge at NBA All-Star Weekend in 2011 and was selected to defend his crown last season before an injury forced him out of the event.
Curry is the fourth member of the Warriors heading to Houston for the 2013 NBA All-Star Weekend, joining teammates Harrison Barnes and Klay Thompson, who were selected to participate in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge, and David Lee, who will become the first Warriors representative in the All-Star Game since 1997.
In addition to Curry, the Three-Point Contest will feature New Orleans’ Ryan Anderson, San Antonio’s Matt Bonner, Indiana’s Paul George, Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving and New York’s Steve Novak.
For the first time, State Farm All-Star Saturday Night will feature a new format that pits the Eastern Conference against the Western Conference in a night of competition that will raise money for charity. As part of the new format, points earned by each conference throughout the four All-Star Skills Competitions will determine the conference that earns the title of 2013 State Farm All-Star Saturday Night Champion.
Three players representing the Western Conference (Anderson, Bonner, Curry) and three players representing the Eastern Conference (George, Irving, Novak) will compete in the two-round competition. The highest scoring East and highest scoring West competitors from the Team Round will advance to the Championship Round.
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 2013 commemorative “money ball” worth two points at each location. Each player will have one minute to shoot as many balls as he can.
State Farm All-Star Saturday Night will also feature the Taco Bell Skills Challenge; the Sears Shooting Stars; and the Sprite Slam Dunk contest.