Report: Klay Thompson to defend 3-point contest title, Stephen Curry unsure
Klay Thompson will attempt to make it two in a row by defending his 2016 3-point contest title during 2017 NBA All-Star Weekend on Feb. 18, sources say per a report from ESPN’s Chris Haynes. Thompson’s Golden State Warriors backcourt partner, Stephen Curry, however, remains undecided.
In last year’s contest, Thompson’s electrifying final round produced 27 points, outpacing Curry, who won the title in 2015, who notched 23 points.
While unconfirmed at this time, reports indicate Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum and Dallas Mavericks guard Wesley Matthews and Cleveland Cavaliers newcomer Kyle Korver likely will be among the eight participants.
Curry reportedly has been invited by the NBA to participate in the contest at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans but hasn’t decided one way or the other.
Fans obviously would love to see a rematch between Curry and Thompson, as the current reported roster of sharpshooters arguably is lacking in top-star power. Although that doesn’t mean it wouldn’t be a spectacular showcase even if Curry declined an invite.
And to say that both Thompson and Curry aren’t finding their stroke a few weeks ahead of the NBA’s showcase weekend would be an understatement.
Curry has converted on an astounding 20 of his past 30 three-pointers over the past two games, including hitting 11-of-15 in Tuesday’s 126-111 win over the Charlotte Hornets. Thompson, meanwhile, was 6-for-10 in the win. Curry leads the league with 188 made three-pointers this season while Thompson with 143 ranks fifth.
Suffice to say, a Curry vs. Thompson repeat showdown would make for one outstanding 3-point contest.