Suns’ Devin Booker – by far – youngest player in NBA 3-point contest history

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If the Timberwolves get Zach LaVine in the dunk contest and the Lakers get Jordan Clarkson in the skills competition, isn’t it only right that the Western Conference’s other cellar dweller is also represented on All-Star Saturday night?

Not only did Devin Booker of the freefalling Suns get invited to the 3-point contest, He’s making history.

Booker – 19 years and 106 days old on All-Star Saturday night – will be the youngest competitor in the event’s history.

By far.

The difference between Booker and the second-youngest participant (Bradley Beal in 2014) is greater than the difference between the second-youngest participant and the 13th-youngest participant (Mike Miller in 2002)

Here are the 15 youngest competitors in 3-point contest history with their age the day of the shootout:

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Player Age
Devin Booker, 2016 19 years, 106 days
Bradley Beal, 2014 20 years, 232 days
Kyrie Irving, 2013* 20 years, 330 days
Rashard Lewis, 2001 21 years, 186 days
Danilo Gallinari, 2010 21 years, 189 days
Dirk Nowitzki, 2000 21 years, 238 days
Mike Bibby, 2000 21 years, 275 days
Daequan Cook, 2009* 21 years, 292 days
Quentin Richardson, 2002 21 years, 302 days
Kyrie Irving, 2014 21 years, 329 days
Stephen Curry, 2010 21 years, 336 days
Daniel Gibson, 2008 21 years, 354 days
Mike Miller, 2002 21 years, 355 days
Kevin Durant, 2011 22 years, 143 days
Dennis Scott, 1991 22 years, 157 days

*Won event

Though the NBA can obviously pick whomever it desires for these contests, Booker deserves inclusion. He’s a historically great outside shooter for his age.

His combination of volume (1.2 made per game) and efficiency (41.7%) on 3-pointers is unmatched by any teenager. Kevin Durant is the only player to hit those marks even at age 20.

So much has gone wrong for the Suns this season, but Booker’s production has been a revelation. The rookie has the makings of a special player.

That’ll be on display next week.