San Antonio Spurs guard Marco Belinelli will participate in this year's NBA All-Star 3-point shootout.
Belinelli has made 74 of 167 3-pointers (44.3 percent) this season, ranking fourth among qualified players. Belinelli has eclipsed his previous career-high (41.4 percent) by nearly three percentage points this year.
Belinelli is the seventh Spur to compete in the 3-point contest, joining Matt Bonner (2013), Roger Mason Jr. (2009), Steve Smith (2002), Terry Porter (2000), Chuck Person (1995) and Dale Ellis (1994)
Kyrie Irving, Joe Johnson, Arron Afflalo, Bradley Beal, Damian Lillard, Kevin Love and Stephen Curry round out the 3-point contest.
Belinelli has the highest 3-point percentage of the eight participants.
The 3-point contest will add a new wrinkle this year — each player will select one shot location to exclusively have "money balls", worth two points.
The corner 3-pointer is the most efficient shot in basketball, but Belinelli would be wise to choose a location farther away from the basket. It seems counter intuitive but he's been far more efficient on above-the-break 3-pointers — he's made 45.9 percent on 122 attempts and 41.4 percent on 46 corner 3-pointers.