The 3-Point Contest is an NBA Contest held annually on Saturday, a day before the All-Star Game as part of the All-Star Weekend where 10 participants are involved.
In this article, we will discuss who will be the 3 candidates and the winner from 10 possible participants of the MTN Dew 2023 Three-Point Contest in this NBA All-Star 2023 Weekend. The contest has a very simple rule, participants must make as many three-point shots as possible from the five designated positions within one minute. The maximum or perfect score is 30 but due to the addition of “money balls”, it could reach up to 34 points, and just last 2020, the NBA added the Mountain Dew shots placed one each side worth three-points will give participants a maximum 40 points.
2023 3-Point Contest: Top 3 Candidates
Trae Young (Guard) – Atlanta Hawks
So far this 2022-2023 season, Trae Young has been averaging 27.3 points, 9.9 assists, with 31.6% from the three-point territory as the Atlanta Hawks are still struggling this season with a 17-17 record and ninth in the Eastern Conference standing. However, it does not bother Trae Young’s ability to shoot 3s and anywhere on the court to guide his team to victories. This season, he registered 55 3-point makes and that number will likely increase. The inclusion of Young to this year’s 3-point contest will create huge positive outlooks from the All-Star Game as the Hawks star will aim for his first 3-point contest title after being defeated by Karl Anthony-Towns.
Klay Thompson (Guard) – Golden State Warriors
The three-points splasher of the reigning Champion Golden State Warrior, Klay Thompson is having a good scoring this season averaging 18.7 points, and 2.5 assists in 28 games appearances with 37.5% from the three-point kingdom. Klay Thompson being a candidate or possibly joining the 3-point contest will be an indication that the notorious shooting guard will make a full comeback and in a championship form in joining this contest, aiming to win it for the second time.
Karl-Anthony Towns (Center) – Minnesota Timberwolves
The 2022 3-point contest Champion Karl-Anthony Towns was the first center to win the trophy and will likely defend his throne as the three-point Kingdom King. Despite not playing this December for the Timberwolves due to injury, the big man is still likely to defend his title and once again reign the three-points, retaining the title to big man away from the guards like Klay Thompson and Trae Young. If he is able to defend his title, he will be the first center to win a three-point contest back-to-back.
Prediction Winner: Klay Thompson
When it comes to experience in this contest, Klay Thompson has the most convincing and impressive one. The three-point percentage he possesses is simply much higher compared to two. So, if we based their 3-point percentage and accuracy, Klay Thompson has the edge to dethrone Towns and take home the trophy, and also partly due to his experience in the said contest. He will face Towns and Young in the final round scoring 34 points edging the two players who will score both 28 points.
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