Imagine your ideal 3-point-shootout field.
Now, suppose your ideal dunk-contest field.
Has a 3-pointer transposed a asperse as a premier shot in a NBA? Are 3-pointers now cooler than dunks?
Teams fire 3-pointers some-more mostly than ever, relying on them to beget fit points and space a floor. As a NBA has loosened defensive rules, a line has turn some-more packed, tying dunking opportunities.
But 3-pointers cooler than dunks? No way. A jumper is not some-more sparkling or fun or refreshing than a slam.
The Collective Bargaining Agreement.
The NBA, as negotiated with a players’ union, can need anyone to attend in a 3-point shootout (or skills plea or sharpened stars contest) with dual exceptions:
1. The actor isn’t injured.
2. The actor hasn’t competed in a eventuality a prior dual years (unless he’s a fortifying champ, in that box he can be compulsory to return).
So, Curry and Irving, both of whom participated in a 3-point shootout a prior dual years, were a usually dual free healthy players. Luckily for a NBA, Curry badly wants to win a event, and Irving will participate, too.
The asperse competition is categorically released from these stipulations. In fact, a usually players a joining can need to competition in a asperse competition are Rising Stars Challenge participants.
Unsurprisingly, all 4 dunk-contest entrants this year are also in a Rising Stars Challenge.
The CBA calls for some-more income for a dunk-contest leader ($100,000) than a 3-point shootout leader ($50,000*), though that’s not adequate to convince tip players to enter a asperse contest.
*Set before a joining boost a participants from 6 to 8 final year, so a figure competence have been altered.
Ethan Sherwood Strauss of ESPN wrote a good essay on a changing inlet of a NBA, and as he says, there is a hum for this year’s 3-point shootout – some-more than a asperse contest. But we don’t see a NBA’s expansion and this year’s All-Star Saturday Night as closely related as he does.
Elite players wish a break some-more than that cash. Passing on a asperse competition is some-more about a contractually negotiated right to do so – a right most some-more singular for a 3-point shootout – than anything else.