Now, we have the full field, according to Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press:
- Damian Lillard (Trail Blazers)
- Trae Young (Hawks)
- Buddy Hield (Kings)
- Zach LaVine (Bulls)
- Davis Bertans (Wizards)
- Joe Harris (Nets)
- Devonte' Graham (Hornets)
- Duncan Robinson (Heat)
Bertans wanted in this contest after getting snubbed last year. I don’t know how much motivation matters for this event, but Bertans should be fired up.
Graham is having a breakout year and is definitely worthy of inclusion.
Robinson began his college career at Division-III Williams. Even at Michigan, he didn’t look like an NBA prospect, and he went undrafted. Now, he’s here.
The players will compete in a new format.
Contestants will have up to 27 shots (increased from 25) in 70 seconds (increased from 60). The extra two shots will be with green balls and worth 3-points. Players will shoot the green balls from six feet behind the 3-point arc on the wing, as shown here:
This is a good change. NBA players are increasingly comfortable from well beyond the arc. The 3-point contest should reflect that.
Lillard, Bertans, Young and Graham are particularly comfortable from extra deep. This new rule could provide them with a relative advantage.