Steph Curry To Defend NBA 3-Point Contest Title
Steph Curry, a reigning MVP, will lead eight other shooters at the 2016 NBA 3-Point Contest on Saturday, February 13. Curry, the defending champion last year, is said to be the favorite, yet once again.
Steph Curry will be contending seven other outstanding players, namely, Houston Rockets James Harden, Miami Heat’s Chris Bosh, Milwaukee Bucks Khris Middleton, Toronto Raptors Kyle Raptor, Phoenix Suns Devin Booker, Los Angeles Clippers J.J. Redick and the other top contender from Golden State Warriors, Klay Thompson.
NBA reports that Curry has lead the Foot Locker’s 3-Point Contest for the past year, which is no surprise for the NBA’s top scorer. Curry has a record average of 29.8 points per game this year, according to ESPN statistics.In last year’s Foot Locker event, Curry led himself to victory as he finished with 27 points and hit 13 shots before being being declared the 2015 3-Point Contest champion. SB Nation says this will be Curry’s fifth consecutive year competing in the Foot Locker NBA 3-Point Contest.
According to NBA, Curry was the Kia NBA Most Valuable Player in the 2014-2015 season. Fox Sports’ Brett Pollakoff quotes his recent interview with Curry.
“I’ve done it three straight years and finally won one. Knowing I’ll be there already, I’ll probably suit up Saturday night and see if I can defend it. It’s a gym I’ve gotten a lot of shots up in growing up, with my dad playing up there for three years. So, it’ll be a pretty special spot to lace ’em up and shoot some threes.”
Bleacher Report shows Curry as being the best shooter in NBA history. Only seven years into his NBA career, Curry already broke the record for the most three pointers two times and is already on his way to beating his record with 232 three-pointers in the past 47 games. Prior to this year, Curry hit 1.4 three-pointers less per game.
Media NBA notes the NBA Development League will be streaming on the NBA D-League YouTube Channel, as well as NBADLeague.com and will be broadcasting the Foot Locker 3-Point Contest live at the Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto beginning at 1:30 p.m. ET on February 13.
While NBA thinks Thompson will be Curry’s closest match in the 3-Point Contest, ranking second in three-pointers achieved this year, Harden is the second top scorer with an average of 27.9 ppg. As of January 20, Harden scored 1,000 career three-pointers made at the youngest age of 26-years-old.
Just last year in the Foot Locker event, Fansided reports, Curry did, in fact, during the game against the Wizards, nearly broke the record for the most three pointers in a single game.Steph Curry tells Fox Sports that he would like to be the next Kobe Bryant, who recently retired from the NBA.
“I want to play that long. My dad [Dell Curry] has kind of been the standard for me, he played 16 years in the league, and since I’ve been in the league, every year that I go through and deal with the scratches, the bumps and bruises, just the grind that it is to go through one NBA season, I have such a respect for those guys that play that long into their careers, because there’s just so much that you go through.”
Will Steph Curry be able to hold up to his reputation and take the Championship for the second year in a row during the 2016 Foot Locker 3-Point Contest? Tune in on February 13 to watch this exciting event!
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