What: All Star Saturday, including Three-Point Shootout
When: 5:30 AZ Time overall (about 6:15 or so for Booker Time)
Here's the open thread to talk about the All-Star Saturday night, including our own Devin Booker shooting his way into America's hearts.
A recap on the rules of the Three-Point Shootout:
The contest will feature two rounds in which competitors will try to make as many as five shots from each of five locations in one minute. Sixteen of the shots will count as one point, while nine (including one full rack, positioned at the shooter's choice) will be "money balls" worth two points. The three competitors with the highest scores in the first round advance to the second round and repeat the process.
- Suns guard Devin Booker is the only rookie in the competition.
- Warriors guard Stephen Curry won the event last year and is the odds-on favorite for NBA MVP.
- Rockets guard James Harden, an All-Star, shoots the lowest percentage on 3-pointers in the group but takes a ton.
- Raptors guard Kyle Lowry, another All-Star, will have the hometown edge.
- Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum replaces injured Chris Bosh.
- Bucks guard Khris Middleton is having a career season and has shot well lately.
- Clippers guard J.J. Redick is leading the NBA in making 48.2 percent of his 3-point attempts.
- Warriors guard Klay Thompson, the fourth All-Star in the field, came in second to Curry last year.
Booker is in fact only the fourth rookie EVER to compete in this event, and the youngest ever.
Redick said his dark horse pick for the competition is Booker, and he's really interested to see how the 19-year-old rookie performs after shooting well the last couple months. He added that Curry and Thompson are both incredible shooters, and their ability to catch and shoot puts this competition "right in their wheelhouse."
Make sure to tune in. There's some great, great shooters in this competition to watch.