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2017 NBA JBL Three-Point Contest - Klay Thompson tries to defend his title

Jackson Oldham in News 7 Feb 2017
  • Klay Thompson is warm favourite to defend his crown 
  • Three first-timers will compete

With the absence of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson is favourite to defend his crown. There are the best shooters in the game looking to steal the title, including former winning Kyrie Irving and first timers Eric Gordon, Nick Young and Kemba Walker. 

Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors) 
Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry is competing for the second time. Lowry holds the best three-point percentage of all competitors at 42.7 percent. Lowry has knocked down 162 three-pointers for the season which is the second highest of the group behind Eric Gordon. Lowry is averaging 23 points and seven assists per game. 

Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors) 
Klay Thompson is the defending champion and warm favourite coming into the event. Klay has made 149 of his 370 three-point attempts this season, sitting at 40 percent. Thompson, who is playing third-string to both Curry and Durant is still averaging 21 points a game, whilst also taking the best offensive guard every night. 

Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers) 
Kyrie Irving was the champion back in 2013 defeating Stephen Curry. Irving has competed three times but missed last year's contest due to injury. Kyrie has made the least amount of threes of the group but has also taken the least. Unlike most of these guys, Kyrie isn’t a specialist three-point shooter, however if 2013 and game 7 of the NBA finals has taught us anything, It’s that Kyrie steps up in the big moments. 


Kemba Walker (Charlotte Hornets) 
It’s going to be a big weekend for Hornets point guard Kemba Walker. Walker has not only made his first All-Star game but will also be competing in the Three-point contest for the first time as well. Walker has connected on 135 of his 336 three-point attempts, which sits him at just over 40 percent for the season. Walker will be looking to start his All-Star weekend off strongly with a good showing against some of the games best shooters. 

Nick Young (Los Angeles Lakers) 
Nick Young or Swaggy P, however you want to refer to the Lakers guard is the dark horse of this competition. Some are of the opinion Young is only in the contest for the entertainment factor. The Fact is he can really shoot. Young sits with the second best three-point percentage out of anyone in this contest at 42.4 percent and has knocked down 128 three’s for the season. Young is averaging 14 points and 3 three’s per game. 

Wesley Matthews (Dallas Mavericks) 
Wes Matthews continues to me one of the most underrated players in the league. He is averaging 15 points a game and is shooting 38 percent from beyond the arc. Whilst he is a great player, I don’t think he’s up to the shooting of a Klay Thompson or Kyle Lowry. 

C.J. McCollum (Portland Trail Blazers) 
The Blazers shooting guard won most improved player last season and has only improved from that achievement. McCollum is  barely out of the 50-40-90 club, shooting 51 percent from the field, 42 percent from beyond the arc and 89.8 percent from the free throw line. McCollum is averaging 23 points per game and is a serious threat in this competition. 

Eric Gordon (Houston Rockets) 
The Rockets guard has excelled under the coaching of Mike D’Antoni, and is a candidate for sixth man of the year. Gordon has made more threes than anybody in this contest, at 170. Only one man has made more three’s than him this season, and that’s Warriors guard Stephen Curry. Despite making the most three’s Gordon has the second worst shooting percent at 38 percent. 





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2017 NBA JBL Three-Point Contest - Klay Thompson tries to defend his title

With the absence of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson is favourite to defend his crown. There are the best shooters in the game looking to steal the title, including former winning Kyrie Irving and first timers Eric Gordon, Nick Young and Kemba Walker.

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