The Cleveland Cavaliers will be well represented in New Orleans throughout All-Star weekend. With three players — starters LeBron James and Kyrie Irving and reserve Kevin Love — picked to play in the game, Irving will also take part in the three-point contest during State Farm All-Star Saturday Night, the NBA announced on Thursday.
This will be the fourth time the 24-year-old will take part in the three-point contest, he also participated in 2013, 2014, and 2015, and winning the event in 2013. He will be the second Cavalier to ever participate in the contest four different times, joining Mark Price in doing so (1988, 1990, 1993, and 1994).
In case you forgot, here’s the look at his championship round from back in 2013.
While Irving may not even be the best three-point shooter on his own team, a statistic led by Love, he is still one of the best in the NBA. While averaging a career-high 24.2 points (13th in NBA) and shooting 39.5 percent from long distance in 35 minutes per game (43 games). The guard’s 102 made three-pointers (20th) is the lowest total among the eight participants. For what it’s worth, Love has made 105 this season, but supposedly rejected an offer to participate, most likely due to his back problems that has forced him to mess the last two games.
The other three-point contestants will be Warriors’ Klay Thompson, Raptors’ Kyle Lowry, Hornets’ Kemba Walker, Rockets’ Eric Gordon, Mavericks’ Wesley Matthews, Trail Blazers’ C.J. McCollum, and Lakers’ Nick Young.
For those interested, Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan, Pacers’ Glenn Robinson III, Magic’s Aaron Gordon, and D-League star and current Suns forward Derrick Jones Jr. will participate in the Slam Dunk contest; Pelicans’ Anthony Davis, Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins, Jazz’s Gordon Hayward, Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas, Wizards’ John Wall, Suns’ Devin Booker, Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis, and Sixers’ Joel Embiid will take part in the Skills Challenge.
All-Star Saturday Night will be February 18, with the Skills Challenge starting things off at 8 p.m. ET on TNT. The Three-Point Contest and Slam Dunk Competition will following that.