It already seems apparent that the best event during NBA All-Star weekend is going to be the 3-point shootout, and the reason is pretty simple, the field: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kyle Korver, Wes Matthews and J.J. Redick. That’s about as good as it gets beyond the arc.
But I’m going with Korver to win it.
Although oddsmakers have made Curry the favorite, he’s struggled in this event in the past. He’s never won and this will be his fourth time in the contest. There’s just something about taking the ball off the rack that seems unnatural for Curry. He may, in fact, be the best shooter on planet earth, but for some reason this event just doesn’t seem to suit him.
As for Thompson, I think he’s got the perfect shot for the 3-point contest. Taking a ball off the rack isn’t dissimilar from taking a dribble hand-off from Andrew Bogut. Plus, Thompson’s ability shoot effortlessly from that distance is important.
But I’m not going with him for one reason and one reason only: It’s his first time in the contest, and that’s gonna make it tougher.
As for Redick and Matthews … I’m not picking Redick, another first-timer, because I don’t think his jumper is ideal for this set-up. I like Matthews and you’ve got to love that borderline set shot he shoots from downtown, but, again, no first-timers.
That leaves Korver, who is having an other-worldly season beyond the arc, shooting 53.4 percent. Quietly, Korver has already been in two 3-point contests, though they were a few years back. Nevertheless, I’m taking Korver, who might have the purest stroke in the contest and who also has the size and strength to combat shooter’s fatigue.