The NBA Three-Point Shootout is held on the Saturday before the annual All-Star Game as part of the All-Star Weekend. The participants attempt to make as many three-point field goals as possible within a minute from five positions behind the three-point arc. Participants begin in one corner of the court and move around the three point arc from station to station to the opposite corner. There's a five ball rack at each station consisting four worth one point and a fifth one worth two points. Contestants aim to score as many points as possible before running out of time with a maximum score being 30 points.
Larry Bird won the inaugural NBA Three-Point Shootout during the 1985-86 season. Craig Hodges holds the contest record with 19 consecutive shots. By scoring only 5 points Michael Jordan holds the distinction of having the lowest score in competition history which he accomplished during the 1990 contest.
While the dunk contest easily gets more publicity, the 3-Point Shootout has been the most honest contest of All-Star weekend. Consistently entertaining, the NBA Three-Point Shootout features some of the league's most prolific shooters every year squaring off for bragging rights.
This years contestants are as follows: Paul George of the Indiana Pacers, Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Ryan Anderson of the New Orleans Hornets, Matt Bonner of the San Antonio Spurs, Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors and Steve Novak of your New York Knicks.
This is how they stack up in order of three-point shooting percentage this season: Curry — 44.9 percent, Novak — 44.4 percent, Irving — 42.9 percent, Bonner — 42.1 percent, Anderson — 39.7 percent and George — 38.7 percent.
Novak is a 6'10", 235 pound small forward/power forward from Brown Deer, Wisconsin. He was drafted our of Marquette by the Houston Rockets with the 32nd overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft.
From 2006-08 he played for the Rockets with a stint with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the D-League in 2007. He played for the Los Angeles Clippers from 2008-10, the Dallas Mavericks from 2010-11, the Reno Bighorns of the D-League in 2011, the San Antonio Spurs in 2011 and was claimed off waivers and has played for the Knicks since 2011.
Novak was named to the All-Big East First Team in 2006 and was the NBA three-point field goal percentage leader in 2012. He's a 43.7 percent shooter from behind the three-point arc throughout his seven year NBA career.
While Novak is a one-dimensional player his stroke is almost effortless. Last season he became a fan favorite at Madison Square Garden for his nearly automatic range from beyond the arc. Of his 262 field goal attempts this season, 211 of them have come from 3-point range. He is the definition of a three-point specialist.
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