COMMENTARY | In addition to Anthony Davis playing in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge, the New Orleans Hornets will have another representative in the 2013 NBA All-Star Weekend festivities. Ryan Anderson will take part in the NBA's Foot Locker Three-Point Contest. As the NBA leader in made three-pointers, Anderson's selection is not a surprise.
This will not be Ryan Anderson's first shot at winning the Three-Point Contest. Last year, he participated as a member of the Orlando Magic. However, Anderson struggled and failed to advance past the first round. Now that he's taken part in this event once before, look for Anderson to perform much better in the 2013 Foot Locker Three-Point Contest.
Ryan Anderson will face stiff competition this year. Matt Bonner and Stephen Curry will join Anderson on the Western Conference roster. The Eastern Conference's sharpshooters will be Paul George, Kyrie Irving, and Steve Novak. Most NBA fans and experts are picking Curry to win the event in 2013.
The 2013 Foot Locker Three-Point Contest will have a new format. Only one player from each conference will advance past the first round this year. Then the top scorer from the Eastern Conference and Western Conference will go head-to-head in the final round.
Through 49 games, Ryan Anderson has made 147 three-pointers to lead the NBA. What is most remarkable about this is that he has accomplished this feat while coming off the bench for New Orleans. Anderson has the misfortune of playing the same position as the Hornets' rookie phenom Anthony Davis. Anderson has only started 17 games this season when Davis was injured.
Despite a 16-33 record, Hornets' fans will have a lot to look forward to at NBA All-Star Weekend in 2013. With Anthony Davis in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge and Ryan Anderson in the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest, the opening acts may be more fun than the main event for people in New Orleans.
Patrick Michael was born in New Orleans and currently resides in the Big Easy. Patrick has followed the Hornets since they moved to New Orleans and has covered the team since 2010. He was in attendance the night the Hornets were one win away from the Western Conference Finals. Follow Patrick Michael on Twitter at patmichael84.
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