Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors will compete again in the 3-point shootout at this year’s NBA All-Star game in New Orleans. As reported by the Vertical’s Sham Charania, Lowry is in — and the league’s reigning MVP Steph Curry is out.
Vertical Sources: Golden State All-Star Stephen Curry won't participate in 3-point contest at All-Star weekend. Toronto's Kyle Lowry is in.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 2, 2017
Of course, as we in Toronto know, Lowry deserves to be in the 3-point contest, full stop. This season, Kyle is shooting a career-best 43 percent from three, on a career-high 7.7 attempts per game — which, by the way, is good for exactly half of his shot attempts this year. (It’s also good for fifth overall in the league.)
And these aren’t just any threes, as we Raptors fans know. Lowry has shown incredibly deep range on the season, taking threes from further and further away, and letting fly in pretty much any instance — going left, right, off the dribble, or standing still. Lowry is your man from deep.
Here’s how Lowry did in the first round last year in Toronto.
For this year’s edition, Lowry will reportedly face off against the Dallas Mavericks’ Wes Matthews, C.J. McCollum of the Portland Trail Blazers, Kyle Korver of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the defending champ: Golden State’s Klay Thompson. We’ll update this information once it becomes available.
Update: Here’s the full announced list:
Other contestants in the NBA 3-point contest during All-Star weekend in New Orleans: pic.twitter.com/PoWSJg6cW1— Baxter Holmes (@BaxterHolmes) February 3, 2017
Go get it, Kyle.