Defending champion Klay Thompson, Cavs’ Kyrie Iriving highlight All-Star Three-Point Contest


Klay Thompson wants to prove a Warrior can go back-to-back. At something.

Kyrie Irving is going to try to stop him by hitting a few clutch threes.

Then again, Nick Young could spoil it all — and that would be the highlight of the night.

The NBA announced the lineup for the All-Star Saturday Three-Point Contest and there are some gunners. Below is the list, with their current three-point shooting percentage (this season only).

Eric Gordon, Houston Rockets (38.6%)
Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers (39.5%)
Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors (42.7%)
Wesley Matthews, Dallas Mavericks (38.1%)
CJ McCollum, Portland Trail Blazers (42.3%)
Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors (40.3%)
Kemba Walker, Charlotte Hornets (40.2%)
Nick Young, Los Angeles Lakers (42.4%)

Irving won this event in 2013, Thompson last year. (Before the Warriors fans point it out, yes the Warriors did go back-to-back in this contest as Stephen Curry did win it in 2015, but I said “Warrior” above, as in singular, as in a player. The last player to go back-to-back in this event was Jason Kapono in 2007-08.)

Any of these players could get hot and win it, McCollum is a great dark horse. I kind of like Eric Gordon for this. I’m rooting for Nick Young just for what the post-event press conference would be like. But this is going to be wide open.