Top shots from the Nba Top Shot contest
The NBA Top Shot Contest is one of the most important events of the year and it is an exciting opportunity to watch the best players on the planet in action.
The competition, which begins on Friday, February 16, is the culmination of the league’s efforts to improve player health and well-being.
With that in mind, here are five of the top shots of the competition.1.
Steph Curry, Warriors, 40.3% from 3pt arc: Steph Curry’s 3pt field goal percentage this season is one percentage point better than his career mark of 39.9%, and he is the only player to take more than 40.0% from three-point range this season.
Curry has made three threes in his last five games, and he will not only be the MVP of the Finals, but he will also be the first player since Magic Johnson in 1981 to be named MVP twice.
He will need to continue that trend to continue to be the best player on the court.2.
Kevin Durant, Thunder, 43.9% from beyond the arc: Durant has notched 38.8% from the arc in the past four games, which is the second-highest mark of his career and the best mark since the Thunder went 12-0 from beyond that arc in 2016-17.
He has also shot 50.7% from long range in those four games.3.
Blake Griffin, Clippers, 39.7%: Griffin is a two-time Defensive Player of the Year candidate and he should continue to improve as the year goes on.
He is shooting 40.9%.
He has had five double-doubles this season, tied for third-most in the NBA, and the Clippers are playing at a high level this season after a slow start.4.
Chris Paul, Clippers (incl.
Warriors), 39.3%: Paul is shooting 36.1% from deep this season and is averaging more than 25 points per game this season when he is on the floor.
He and the Los Angeles Clippers are winning games, averaging 110.4 points per 100 possessions.5.
LeBron James, Cavaliers, 35.3%.
LeBron James is one step closer to reaching his goal of becoming the first man to score 3,000 points for his career.
He was the NBA MVP in 2016, and it looks like he may be ready to break that record this season if he keeps shooting well.6.
Kevin Love, Timberwolves, 35% from midrange: Love has taken 32.9 shots from deep in his past four contests, the third-highest number in the league, and is shooting 42.3 percent from beyond.7.
Kevin Garnett, Timberwolves (in CLG): Garnett has taken 16 threes this season in six games, the second highest total in the League, and has averaged 10.6 points and 7.4 assists per game.8.
Damian Lillard, Blazers (in CLE): Lillard has shot 47.4% from behind the arc this season for Portland, the highest mark in the Western Conference, and his shooting percentage from deep is up to 33.6%.9.
Blake Allen, Clippers: Allen has shot 51.3%, the best marks of his NBA career, and averages 11.2 points and 8.3 rebounds per game when he scores a basket.10.
Draymond Green, Warriors: Green is one-of-three players to have scored 100 points or more in a game for the first time in his career, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem Rush and Kobe Bryant as the only other players to do it.11.
Anthony Davis, Pelicans, 35%.
Davis is shooting 39.1%, his highest mark of the season, and ranks third in the entire NBA.12.
Kawhi Leonard, Spurs, 32.6% from midrange: Leonard has taken 20 threes for the Spurs this season which is a career high, and while he may not have made many of them, he is shooting better from beyond than anyone else on the roster.13.
Blake Anderson, Hawks, 31.4%.
Anderson has scored a career-high 27 points on 11-of 15 shooting from beyond three-points-plus this season with Atlanta.14.
Damian Jones, Hawks (in SF), 29.6%: Jones has taken 14 threes and is on pace to finish his career with 10,000 career points for Atlanta.15.
Stephen Curry, Curry (in OKC), 28.2%: Curry has scored at least 30 points in every game this year and has scored in double figures in nine straight games.16.
DeMarcus Cousins, Kings, 26.8%: Cousins is shooting 48.7%, his best mark in a season since the 2014-15 season, after he had averaged 38.0 points in the previous three seasons.17.
Kobe Bryant, Lakers, 25.5%: Bryant has scored 30 or more points in all four games this season following scoring 35.5 points in