Three-Point Contest

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The Three-Point Contest (officially named the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest[1] and previously named the Three-Point Shootout)[2] is a National Basketball Association (NBA) contest held on the Saturday before the annual All-Star Game as part of the All-Star Weekend. In this contest, participants attempt to make as many three-point field goals as possible from five positions behind the three-point arc in one minute. Players begin shooting from one corner of the court, and move from station to station along the three point arc until they reach the other corner.[3] At each shooting station is a rack with five basketballs. Out of the five balls, four are worth one point (the standard orange Spalding game balls) and the fifth one (a red/white/blue ABA-style ball; often nicknamed the "money ball")[4][5] is worth two points. The goal of this contest is to score as many points as possible within one minute. A perfect score used to be 30 points.[6][7] In the 2014 contest, a rack consisting only of "money balls" was added, bringing up the maximum possible score to 34 points.[8]

In the qualifying round, each player has a chance to score as many points as possible. The three players with the top scores advance to the finals. The final round is played in the same way as the qualifying round, though players shoot according to the ascending order of their first-round scores. In each round, the shots and the score are confirmed by the referee and the television instant replay system.[5][9] In the case of a tie, multiple extra rounds are played to determine the winner. Contestants compete for a total of $86,000 in prize money. The first-place winner receives $35,000, the second-place finisher receives $22,500 and the third place winner receives $15,000. Fourth- to sixth-place finishers receive $4,500 each.[9] From 1986 to 2002, eight participants were selected to participate in each season's shootout. Since then, the contest has been open to six players each season. The Three-Point Shootout was not held in 1999 due to the league's lockout.[10]

Larry Bird, the inaugural winner of this contest, and Craig Hodges have each won three straight times, while Mark Price, Jeff Hornacek, Peja Stojaković and Jason Kapono have each won two consecutive times. Stephen Curry holds the record with 27 points, albeit in the newer 34-point format. Detlef Schrempf and Michael Jordan share the record for the fewest points scored in any round with five in 1988 and 1990 respectively.[11] Stephen Curry is the most recent winner.


Winners[edit]

Ray Allen won the contest in the 2000–01 season while playing with the Milwaukee Bucks.
Dirk Nowitzki won the contest in the 2005–06 season.
Jason Kapono won the contest in the 2006–07 and 2007–08 season while playing with the Toronto Raptors and Miami Heat.
^ Denotes players who are still active
* Elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame
Player (#) Denotes the number of times the player has won
Team (#) Denotes the number of times a player from this team has won
Season Location Player Team Final score / max
1985–86 Dallas, TX Bird, LarryLarry Bird* Boston Celtics 22 / 30
1986–87 Seattle, WA Bird, LarryLarry Bird* (2) Boston Celtics (2) 16 / 30
1987–88 Chicago, IL Bird, LarryLarry Bird* (3) Boston Celtics (3) 17 / 30
1988–89 Houston, TX Ellis, DaleDale Ellis Seattle SuperSonics 19 / 30
1989–90 Miami, FL Hodges, CraigCraig Hodges Chicago Bulls 19 / 30
1990–91 Charlotte, NC Hodges, CraigCraig Hodges (2) Chicago Bulls (2) 17 / 30
1991–92 Orlando, FL Hodges, CraigCraig Hodges (3) Chicago Bulls (3) 16 / 30
1992–93 Salt Lake City, UT Price, MarkMark Price Cleveland Cavaliers 18 / 30
1993–94 Minneapolis, MN Price, MarkMark Price (2) Cleveland Cavaliers (2) 24 / 30
1994–95 Phoenix, AZ Rice, GlenGlen Rice Miami Heat 17 / 30
1995–96 San Antonio, TX Legler, TimTim Legler Washington Bullets 20 / 30
1996–97 Cleveland, OH Kerr, SteveSteve Kerr Chicago Bulls (4) 22 / 30
1997–98 New York, NY Hornacek, JeffJeff Hornacek Utah Jazz 16 / 30
1998–99[a] Canceled due to the league's lockout[a]
1999–00 Oakland, CA Hornacek, JeffJeff Hornacek (2) Utah Jazz (2) 13 / 30
2000–01 Washington, D.C. Allen, RayRay Allen^ Milwaukee Bucks 19 / 30
2001–02 Philadelphia, PA Stojaković, PejaPeja Stojaković Sacramento Kings 19 / 30[b]
2002–03 Atlanta, GA Stojaković, PejaPeja Stojaković (2) Sacramento Kings (2) 22 / 30[b]
2003–04 Los Angeles, CA Lenard, VoshonVoshon Lenard Denver Nuggets 18 / 30
2004–05 Denver, CO Richardson, QuentinQuentin Richardson Phoenix Suns 19 / 30
2005–06 Houston, TX Nowitzki, DirkDirk Nowitzki^ Dallas Mavericks 18 / 30
2006–07[12] Las Vegas, NV Kapono, JasonJason Kapono Miami Heat (2) 24 / 30
2007–08[2] New Orleans, LA Kapono, JasonJason Kapono (2) Toronto Raptors 25 / 30
2008–09 Phoenix, AZ Cook, DaequanDaequan Cook Miami Heat (3) 19 / 30[b]
2009–10 Dallas, TX Pierce, PaulPaul Pierce^ Boston Celtics (4) 20 / 30
2010–11 Los Angeles, CA Jones, JamesJames Jones^ Miami Heat (4) 20 / 30
2011–12 Orlando, FL Love, KevinKevin Love^ Minnesota Timberwolves 17 / 30[b]
2012–13 Houston, TX Irving, KyrieKyrie Irving^ Cleveland Cavaliers (3) 23 / 30
2013–14 New Orleans, LA Belinelli, MarcoMarco Belinelli^ San Antonio Spurs 24[b] / 34[c]
2014–15 New York- Brooklyn, NY, Curry

, StephenStephen Curry ^

Golden State Warriors 27 / 34[c]

All-time participants[edit]

Player
(in bold text)
Indicates the winner of the contest
Player (#) Denotes the number of times the player has been in the contest
Season Players
1985–86 Larry Bird, Dale Ellis, Sleepy Floyd, Craig Hodges, Norm Nixon, Kyle Macy, Trent Tucker, Leon Wood
1986–87 Danny Ainge, Larry Bird (2), Michael Cooper, Dale Ellis (2), Craig Hodges (2), Detlef Schrempf, Byron Scott, Kiki Vandeweghe
1987–88 Danny Ainge (2), Larry Bird (3), Dale Ellis (3), Craig Hodges (3), Mark Price, Detlef Schrempf (2), Byron Scott (2), Trent Tucker (2)
1988–89 Michael Adams, Danny Ainge (3), Dale Ellis (4), Derek Harper, Gerald Henderson, Craig Hodges (4), Rimas Kurtinaitis, Reggie Miller, Jon Sundvold
1989–90 Larry Bird (4), Craig Ehlo, Bobby Hansen, Craig Hodges (5), Michael Jordan, Reggie Miller (2), Mark Price (2), Jon Sundvold (2)
1990–91 Danny Ainge (4), Clyde Drexler, Tim Hardaway, Hersey Hawkins, Craig Hodges (6), Terry Porter, Glen Rice, Dennis Scott
1991–92 Dell Curry, Craig Ehlo (2), Craig Hodges (7), Jeff Hornacek, Jim Les, Dražen Petrović, Mitch Richmond, John Stockton
1992–93 B. J. Armstrong, Dana Barros, Craig Hodges (8), Dan Majerle, Reggie Miller (3), Terry Porter (2), Mark Price (3), Kenny Smith
1993–94 B. J. Armstrong (2), Dana Barros (2), Dell Curry, Dale Ellis (5), Steve Kerr, Eric Murdock, Mark Price (4), Mitch Richmond (2)
1994–95 Nick Anderson, Dana Barros (3), Scott Burrell, Steve Kerr (2), Dan Majerle (2), Reggie Miller (4), Chuck Person, Glen Rice (2)
1995–96 Dana Barros (4), Hubert Davis, Steve Kerr (3), Tim Legler, George McCloud, Glen Rice (3), Dennis Scott (2), Clifford R. Robinson
1996–97 Dale Ellis (6), Steve Kerr (4), Tim Legler (2), Terry Mills, Sam Perkins, Glen Rice (4), John Stockton (2), Walt Williams
1997–98 Hubert Davis (2), Dale Ellis (7), Jeff Hornacek (2), Sam Mack, Reggie Miller (5), Tracy Murray, Glen Rice (5), Charlie Ward
1998–99[a] Canceled due to the league's lockout
1999–00 Ray Allen, Mike Bibby, Hubert Davis (3), Jeff Hornacek (3), Allen Iverson, Dirk Nowitzki, Terry Porter (3), Bob Sura
2000–01 Ray Allen (2), Pat Garrity, Allan Houston, Rashard Lewis, Dirk Nowitzki (2), Steve Nash, Bryon Russell, Peja Stojaković
2001–02 Ray Allen (3), Wesley Person, Mike Miller, Steve Nash (2), Paul Pierce, Quentin Richardson, Steve Smith, Peja Stojaković (2)
2002–03 Brent Barry, Pat Garrity (2), Wesley Person (2), Peja Stojaković (3), Antoine Walker, David Wesley
2003–04 Chauncey Billups, Kyle Korver, Voshon Lenard, Rashard Lewis (2), Cuttino Mobley, Peja Stojaković (4)
2004–05 Ray Allen (4), Joe Johnson, Voshon Lenard (2), Kyle Korver (2), Vladimir Radmanović, Quentin Richardson (2)
2005–06 Gilbert Arenas, Ray Allen (5), Chauncey Billups (2), Dirk Nowitzki (3), Quentin Richardson (3), Jason Terry
2006–07 Gilbert Arenas (2), Damon Jones, Jason Kapono, Mike Miller (2), Dirk Nowitzki (4), Jason Terry (2)
2007–08 Daniel Gibson, Richard Hamilton, Jason Kapono (2), Steve Nash (3), Dirk Nowitzki (5), Peja Stojaković (5)
2008–09 Mike Bibby (2), Daequan Cook, Danny Granger, Jason Kapono (3), Rashard Lewis (3), Roger Mason
2009–10 Chauncey Billups (3), Daequan Cook (2), Stephen Curry, Channing Frye, Danilo Gallinari, Paul Pierce (2)
2010–11 Ray Allen (6), Kevin Durant, Daniel Gibson (2), James Jones, Paul Pierce (3), Dorell Wright
2011–12 Ryan Anderson, Mario Chalmers, James Jones (2), Anthony Morrow, Kevin Love, Kevin Durant (2)
2012–13 Ryan Anderson (2), Matt Bonner, Stephen Curry (2), Paul George, Kyrie Irving, Steve Novak
2013–14 Arron Afflalo, Bradley Beal, Marco Belinelli, Stephen Curry (3), Kyrie Irving (2), Joe Johnson (2), Damian Lillard, Kevin Love (2)
2014–15 Marco Belinelli (2), Stephen Curry (4), James Harden, Kyrie Irving (3), Kyle Korver (3), Wesley Matthews, J. J. Redick, Klay Thompson

Records[edit]

Notes[edit]

  • a The 1999 All-Star Game was canceled due to the 1998–99 NBA lockout.[10]
  • b Denote contests that required a tiebreaking round. The final score given here came from the tiebreaker.[15]
  • c Starting with the 2014 Three-Point Contest, the format includes 4 extra "money balls".

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ "Foot Locker Three-Point Contest". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved February 5, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d McMenamin, Dave (February 20, 2008). "Kapono Lights Up Saturday Night". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved December 18, 2008. 
  3. ^ Nance, Roscoe (February 16, 2007). "East notes: Kapono taking shot at three-point crown". USA Today. Retrieved December 30, 2008. 
  4. ^ "NBA All-Star Game: Shootout". CBS Sports. Retrieved December 29, 2008. 
  5. ^ a b "Jason Kapono To Defend Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout Crown". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. February 6, 2008. Retrieved December 18, 2008. 
  6. ^ Brown, Donald H. (2007). A Basketball Handbook. AuthorHouse. p. 85. ISBN 1425961908. 
  7. ^ Brown, Donald H. (2007). A Best of Basketball Story. AuthorHouse. p. 127. ISBN 1434341933. 
  8. ^ Marco Belinelli wins the Three-Point Shootout after Bradley Beal’s comeback forces a playoff, Yahoo Sports!. Retrieved February 14, 2015.
  9. ^ a b "Billups Named As Participant in Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. February 8, 2006. Retrieved December 18, 2008. 
  10. ^ a b Steele, David (December 9, 1998). "NBA Drops All-Stars – What's Left? February game in Philly latest casualty of lockout". San Francisco Chronicle. Hearst Communications Inc. Retrieved December 17, 2008. 
  11. ^ http://www.nba-allstar.com/contests/3point/
  12. ^ a b c "Jason Kapono is Three-Point Champ". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved December 18, 2008. 
  13. ^ a b c "Shootout Records". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved December 17, 2008. 
  14. ^ "Quentin Richardson Bio". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved December 18, 2008. 
  15. ^ "Shootout Round-by-Round Results: 2000–08". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Retrieved December 17, 2008.