NBA: All-Star Saturday Participants Named

Steph Curry (30) will compete in NBA 3-Pt Shooting Contest Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
Steph Curry (30) will compete in NBA 3-Pt Shooting Contest
Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

NEW YORK, February 6, 2015 - (Staff and wire service report) - When the NBA All-Star Weekend swings into New York and Brooklyn, two sharpshooting guards, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors, will headline the participants in the annual NBA Three-Point Contest, the most entertaining event of a night of skills and dunk competition. The NBA also announced that Curry will be part of the Shooting Stars competition, also held Feb. 14 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the night before the annual NBA All-Star Game on Sunday in Madison Square Garden.

Joining Curry and Thompson in the Three-Point Contest will be fellow All-Stars James Harden of the Houston Rockets and Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavs along with Atlanta Hawks guard Kyle Korver, defending champion Marco Belinelli of the San Antonio Spurs, Portland Trail Blazers guard Wesley Matthews and Los Angeles Clippers guard J.J. Redick.

In the Shooting Stars field with Curry are All-Stars Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat, Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans and Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Shooting Stars format teams a current NBA player with one current WNBA player and an NBA legend in a two-round shooting competition. Bosh, Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins and four-time WNBA All-Star Swin Cash of the New York Liberty won the past two titles.

Curry will be joined by his father, former NBA player Dell Curry, and Sue Bird of the Seattle Storm. Davis will team with six-time NBA champion Scottie Pippen, former member of the Chicago Bulls and Elena Delle Donne of the Chicago Sky. Westbrook's group will include former All-NBA guard Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway and Tamika Catchings of the Indiana Fever.

The Skills Challenge features Eastern Conference All-Star guards John Wall of the Washington Wizards, Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors, Jimmy Butler of the Chicago Bulls and Jeff Teague of Hawks. Also in the eight-player Skills Challenge, which tests dribbling, passing, agility and shooting ability, will be defending champion Trey Burke of the Utah Jazz, Philadelphia 76ers guard Michael Carter-Williams, Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Knight and Phoenix Suns guard Isaiah Thomas.

Curry, the leading vote-getter in All-Star balloting, will participate in the 3-point contest for the fourth time in his six-year career. Last month, he reached 1,000 career 3-point field goals faster than any player in NBA history in his 369th game. On Wednesday night, he made 10 3-pointers during a season-high, 51-point effort against the Dallas Mavericks. The 3-point competition consists of two rounds. The shooters with the three highest scores in the first round advance to the championship round.