Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving has been named as a participant in the 2015 Foot Locker Three-Point Contest at All-Star Weekend, it was announced tonight by the NBA.
This will be the 14th year the Cavs had a participant in the Three-Point Contest. Irving has taken part in the previous two shootout competitions, winning the event at the 2013 All-Star Weekend in Houston.
In 47 games (all starts) in 2014-15, Irving is averaging 21.9 points (12th in NBA), 3.2 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.6 steals in 37.9 minutes per game. He is the highest scoring point guard in the Eastern Conference, registering at least 20 points on 29 occasions this season, including eight games of 30 or more points. Irving ranks 18th in the NBA in three-point percentage, shooting a career-best .408 (100-245) from beyond the arc this season. He is averaging 2.1 three-pointers made per game, which is the third-highest in the Eastern Conference, while also connecting on .500 or better from three-point range on 21 occasions.
The 6-3 guard has 18 games of at least three triples made and eight contests of at least four long distance shots this season. Against the Portland Trail Blazers on Jan. 28, he nailed a franchise-record 11 three-pointers, while also setting a career high, Quicken Loans Arena record and NBA season high with 55 points. Since entering the NBA in 2011-12, Irving holds a career three-point percentage of .385.
The fourth-year guard becomes just the second Cavs player to compete in the three-point contest three times, joining Mark Price who competed in the event on four occasions (1988, 1990, 1993 and 1994). During All-Star Weekend in New York, Irving will also be participating in the 2015 NBA All-Star Game alongside teammate LeBron James on Sunday, February 15. The reigning All-Star Game MVP was selected as a reserve by Eastern Conference head coaches.
The Foot Locker Three-Point Contest will take place during All-Star Saturday night on Feb. 14 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. The other participants are Atlanta's Kyle Korver, Los Angeles Clippers' J.J. Redick, San Antonio's Marco Belinelli, Golden State's Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, Portland's Wesley Matthews, and Houston's James Harden.