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Zach LaVine to Participate in NBA All-Star 3-Point Contest

Bulls’ All-Star Zach LaVine will compete in the three-point shooting contest at NBA All-Star weekend for the second year in a row.

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Zach LaVine is having the best season of his career. He’s averaging 28.5 points per game. If he starts making .3 more of his free throws on average, he’ll be sitting in the 50-40-90 club. He’s a first-time All Star. And, now, he will be representing the Chicago Bulls in another All-Star event: the three-point contest.

LaVine’s All-Star Event History

As most know, Zach LaVine has already participated in a couple All-Star events. He did partake in the three-point contest in 2020, but it didn’t go well for him. Namely, he was a back-to-back slam dunk contest champion in 2015 and 2016 for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Currently, he sits just one win behind former Bull Nate Robinson for the most dunk contest championships of all time; however, he has not indicated any interest in participating in another one.

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Our very own BuzzOnTap used to be able to do this dunk, too, according to him.

LaVine’s Three-Point Contest Company

Zach LaVine is in stellar company for this year’s three-point contest. There are two past champions participating: Steph Curry (2015) and Devin Booker (2018). Furthermore, every participant is a bonafide shooter. Let’s take a look at the participants and their three-point shooting percentage:

Player Name 3-Point Shooting Percentage
Zach LaVine43.3%
Steph Curry41.3%
Jaylen Brown38.9%
Donovan Mitchell38.0%
Devin Booker36.7%
Jayson Tatum36.4%

At first look, LaVine seems like he should be regarded as a favorite to win this thing. Out of the participants, only Curry (11.7) and Mitchell (8.6) take more three-point attempts than LaVine’s 8.1 per game. And LaVine slightly outpaces Curry in percentage while also being a full 5.3% ahead of Mitchell.

Of course, champions are not just determined by who makes the most in-game threes. The contest is an entirely different beast, and—at any time—one of these stars can catch fire. Buddy Hield, last year’s winner, was a 39.4% three-point shooter on the season—good for 36th in the NBA. On the other hand, Joe Harris, 2019’s winner, led the league with a 47.4% clip. LaVine, while sporting the best percentage of the participants, sits 21st in the league with his 43.3% shooting.

Want to check out Zach LaVine’s performance in both the three-point contest and the All-Star Game? Both events take place Sunday, March 7. The three-point contest will take place at 5:30 PM CST. The All-Star Game itself will occur at 7:00 PM CST. Who’s ready to see LaVine ball out?

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