The 3-Point Contest became the highlight of NBA All-Star Weekend sometime in the last handful of years. This season, that promises to remain the case.
With a loaded field that boasts names such as Steph and Seth Curry, defending champion Devin Booker, Damian Lillard, Buddy Hield, Kemba Walker, Dirk Nowitzki and more, it'll overshadow all other events as the most anticipated competition of the annual showcase.
It's a stacked group. You have the best shooter in league history in Curry -- Steph, that is. Seth isn't too shabby either, as evidenced by his 48.5 percent shooting from 3-point range so far this season. Booker has already proven capable of winning the event.
Lillard holds the NBA record for most 3-pointers in the first three seasons of a career, although Hield -- who ranks fourth in the league in 3-point makes with 183 -- is on pace to break it later this year. Walker is right behind Hield in fifth with 170 makes, and he's the host. Nowitzki might be the most prolific shooting 7-footer in the history of basketball, and this is his chance to go out on top.
All of this is to say, it's anyone's game. But, naturally, some entrants are favored more so than others.
It's no surprise that Steph Curry has the best odds to win the event, as he's already done so in 2015, and he'll surely want to put on a strong performance in his former hometown.
Hield isn't far behind (in terms of betting odds) though, and that speaks to his rapid ascendance over the last one-and-a-half seasons in the pantheon of great NBA shooters.
He could make a statement to move further up that group with a winning performance at All-Star Weekend in Charlotte. But don't expect Curry (either of them) -- or anyone else for that matter -- to make it easy on him.