The NBA All-Star 3-Point Contest is organized annually at the All-Star Weekend by the National Basketball Association (NBA). Eight players were chosen for the shootout from the event's introduction in 1986 to 2018. Ten contestants participated in the 2019 edition.
The competitors in the six 3-point contest aim from five traditional places along the arc with four regular balls and one money-ball, in addition to a five money-ball rack. The competition is divided into two rounds with the top three players progressing to the Final. In the final round, the player with the highest score is the winner.
Larry Bird of the Boston Celtics won the very first three-point contest in 1985 at the NBA All-Star Game. Buddy Hield of the Sacramento Kings is the NBA All-Star 3-Point Contest reigning champion. Let's take a look at the three participants of the 2021 NBA All-Star 3-Point Contest:
Devin Booker (Phoenix Suns)
Phoenix Suns' Devin Booker is already a three-point contest veteran. He is set to make his fifth overall 3-Point Contest appearance at the 2021 NBA All-Star 3-Point Contest. For the fourth consecutive year, the 24-year-old will participate in this event. Booker was seventh in 2016; he won it in 2018; then he was second last year to Buddy Hield of the Sacramento Kings, but he did not make it to the final round in 2019. The record for most points in a single round is still held by Booker, who managed 28 points in 2018.
Jaylen Brown (Boston Celtics)
Boston Celtics star Jaylen Brown will not only appear in his first All-Star Game, but he will also participate in the 3-point competition. Brown was asked to participate in other 2021 All-Star events, but he reportedly turned down the chance in order to take part in the Three-Point Contest. This season, Brown is shooting 38.5% of the range of 3-point.
Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors)
Stephen Curry, who won the 2015 Three-Point Contest, will make his seventh appearance in this competition. Thus, he will become the 10th Golden State Warriors player to participate in the three-point contest over the past 12 years. In nine previous campaigns, Curry participated in the NBA All-Star Weekend, including six times at the 3-Point Contest, in 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2019.
Zach LaVine (Chicago Bulls)
Zach LaVine of the Chicago Bulls will give the 3-Point Contest another chance this season. This is LaVine's second consecutive year of participating in the competition. While he lost at the beginning of the 2020 Three-Point Contest, LaVine showed an interest in returning to seek revenge. This season, he's shooting a 43.3% career-best from three-points.
Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz)
Donovan Mitchell has won the All-Star and the Slam Dunk competition twice already. Utah Jazz's guard will now attempt to become the 3-Point Contest champion. This season, Mitchell is shooting 38.9% from three-point, which is the fifth-highest between the Jazz's rotation players. A Utah Jazz player will participate in the competition for the sixth time since the introduction.
Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics)
Brown will not be the only Boston Celtics member in the All-Star Game nor at the 3-Point Contest. His teammate, Jayson Tatum will also be there. Despite a brilliant start, Tatum has slowed down and is now shooting 36,8% from the three-point range. This will be his first 3-Point Contest appearance, but he has won the 2019 Skills Challenge against Trae Young.