Last year, Paul George nearly won the dunk contest on All-Star Saturday night. This year, he’ll try to take the three-point crown. Two years ago, if you told me he would be in this event I would probably laugh. Well, that’s not true. He always had a nice stroke that looked like it should be passable at worst. But he has become quite the marksman.
Hell, if this contest was in The Fieldhouse, I might even think he was the favorite.
Because he has been wacky good at home from behind the arc this season, hitting a remarkable 47.8% of his triples. On the road? He isn’t even average, shooting just 29.5%.
Fortunately for the Pacers, he also shoots more in Indiana than he does on the road, so despite the fact that the team has played just 22 home games compared to 27 away games, his overall percentage has managed to remain high, at 38.7%.
The good news, however, is that he has been improving on the road.
Perhaps the rims in Houston will be extra kind and he can use this contest as way to find his shot away from the friendly confines of Bankers Life.
Here is his competition:
- Ryan Anderson of the New Orleans Hornets
- Matt Bonner of the San Antonio Spurs
- Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors
- Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers
- Steve Novak of the New York Knicks
Steph Curry would be my pick.