WESLEY MATTHEWS TO COMPETE IN 2017 JBL THREE-POINT CONTEST AT ALL-STAR WEEKEND
DALLAS – Mavericks guard Wesley Matthews will compete in the 2017 JBL Three-Point Contest during All-Star Weekend, the NBA announced today.
The NBA’s 31st Three-Point Contest will take place at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Saturday, Feb. 18. The event is part of State Farm® All-Star Saturday Night, which will be televised by TNT at 7 p.m. CT and will also be available on the Watch TNT App and on TNT Overtime. In addition, the event will be broadcast on ESPN Radio, with audio also available on the ESPN app.
Joining Matthews in the eight-player field will be defending champion Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors, Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving, Houston’s Eric Gordon, Toronto’s Kyle Lowry, Portland’s CJ McCollum, Charlotte’s Kemba Walker and the L.A. Lakers’ Nick Young.
This will mark the second time Matthews has participated in the Three-Point Contest over All-Star Weekend. In 2015, Matthews finished fourth in the competition (held in Brooklyn) as a member of the Portland Trail Blazers.
Matthews will become the ninth player in Mavericks history to take part in the competition, joining Dale Ellis (1986), Detlef Schrempf (1987, 1988), Derek Harper (1989), George McCloud (1996), Hubert Davis (1998, 2000), teammate Dirk Nowitzki (2000, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008), Steve Nash (2001, 2002) and Jason Terry (2006, 2007). Nowitzki is the only Maverick ever to win the contest, bringing home the title in 2006 in Houston.
Matthews has made a team-high 129 triples this season (129-of-339, .381), the 10th-most in the NBA. He ranks second on the team in scoring this year (15.0 ppg). Matthews is the only NBA player with at least 125 three-pointers in each of the past seven seasons (2010-17).
The undrafted guard out of Marquette knocked down his 1,200th career three-pointer against the Lakers this year on Jan. 22. Matthews, who achieved the milestone in his 562nd career game, is the fifth-fastest player to 1,200 three-point field goals in NBA history. Only Stephen Curry (418), the aforementioned Thompson (432), Ray Allen (548) and James Harden (561) have reached 1,200 three-pointers in fewer games than Matthews.