The three-point contest is kind of an event that’s more exciting after the fact. I don’t know if that makes sense, but what I’m trying to say is that watching guys shoot off a rack isn’t the most thrilling thing in the world unless he’s making 15 shots in a row. Once again, that might not make a ton of sense, but I think you understand where I’m coming from. For a three-point contest to be transcendent, it needs a legendary performance. Otherwise, it’s just guys practicing.
That’s why we need J.J. Redick in this year’s shootout. He agrees. From FanHouse:
“Absolutely, I’d love to do it. I’d love to be in it. You know, I’ve never lost a 3-point competition,” he told FanHouse Thursday after the Magic beat the New York Knicks. “So I think I’d do pretty well.”
Yes, please. You don’t think about it so much anymore, now that he’s muscular and gets a bunch of props for his improved defense and value as a role player, but J.J. Redick is a shooter. He holds the NCAA record for three-pointers in a career. He’s making threes at a .430 clip this season. And, most importantly, he has the name of a shooter. C’mon — a guy named J.J. needs to be in the three-point contest.
To me, it’s kind of surprising that he’s never been in the contest. I mean, Daniel Gibson, Damon Jones and Roger Mason have all been participants since Redick entered the league. You would think that a guy that even casual fans know as a three-point shooter would get an invite, even if it’s just a marketing thing. Very weird that he hasn’t. Maybe this is the year.
I don’t know if you can have a dream field for a three-point contest. Basically, as long as it’s guys who shoot the lights out, everything’s good. But if you can, I’d go Redick, Matt Bonner, Kevin Martin and Brad Miller. Tall guys shooting is hilarious, plus those are all high percentage picks. Let’s hear yours down below.