5 Players You Want to See Participate in the 2014 NBA Three-Point Contest

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Five Players We Would Love To See In Three-Point Contest

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The All-Star Weekend is getting closer and closer, and while the starters for the NBA All-Star Game have already been announced there will be more than just that game during a whole weekend at the New Orleans Arena.

The Rookie Challenge, The Skills Competition and The Slam Dunk Contest are only a few of the events that will be held in New Orleans between Friday and Saturday. While the Dunk Contest is usually the one that catches the attention of the fans based on how spectacular the competition ends up being, there is also another event that deserves some recognition: The Three-Point Contest.

Some of the best shooters in the NBA are invited to participate in the event, and while not everybody accepts, there is always quality and talent in the competition -- and this year shouldn’t be the exception. The participants haven’t been announced yet, but there are a few players who should definitely participate in the showdown as they are some of the most talented long-range specialists in the entire league.

A record-man and a potential “celebrity” could be found among the list of possible participants together with two of the best guards in the league and a second-year star who has drawn comparisons to some of the best shooters in the history of the game. Things will be clear when the competitors are officially announced, but if one thing is certain it's that the contest will be very fun to watch.

Without further ado, read on to find out which five players should participate in the NBA Three-Point Contest to make it even more interesting.

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5. Bradley Beal - Washington Wizards

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The second-year shooter has drawn comparisons to Ray Allen and Dwyane Wade, and he surely looks like Allen when shooting from beyond the arc. Bradley Beal's mechanics are smooth, clean and effective, and he certainly has enough talent from long range to be a threat to win the contest.

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4. Klay Thompson - Golden State Warriors

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Klay Thompson has made the most three points so far this season, and that’s the main reason to see him during this competition. The less-famous of the ‘Splash Brothers’ is an absolute threat from long range, and it would be quite amazing to see him in the contest.

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3. Stephen Curry - Golden State Warriors

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Kevin Durant recently called Stephen Curry one of the best shooters in the history of the NBA, and he is not exaggerating. The Golden State Warriors’ PG has a smooth stroke and he has cemented his place as one of the deadliest players from beyond the arc. It only makes sense for him to try and win the crown as the best three-point shooter in the game this year.

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2. Kyle Korver - Atlanta Hawks

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Kyle Korver is an absolute machine from beyond the arc, and several experts consider him as one of the best three-point shooters of all time. He already participated twice in the contest but hasn’t won it yet, and it would be an amazing feat to win it in the year where he broke the NBA record for most consecutive games with at least one three made.

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1. Matt Bonner - San Antonio Spurs

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‘The Red Bamba’ is making almost half of his three-point attempts this year, and he has become quite a celebrity after his campaign to participate in the contest last season. He suffered a broken nose recently, but he’s wearing a protective mask in the meantime and shouldn’t be affected if he’s invited to participate. Matt Bonner has enough accuracy to win the contest, and his presence alone would surely increase the fans’ interest.