Feb. 16, 2012
What: Foot Locker Three-Point Contest
When: Feb. 25, 8:30 p.m. ET (3rd event)
Where: Amway Center, Orlando, Fla.
TV: All-Star Saturday Night coverage starts at 8 p.m. ET on TNT
New York, N.Y. – Former Georgia Tech star Anthony Morrow has been selected to participate in the NBA’s Foot Locker Three-Point Contest, which will be held on Saturday, Feb. 25, at Amway Center in Orlando as part of NBA All-Star Saturday Night.
Morrow, in his fourth NBA season and second season with New Jersey, is averaging 13.9 points per game this season and hitting 41.7 percent of his three-point shots for the Nets. He has played in 28 games, starting 18.
The 6-5 native of Charlotte, N.C., played at Tech from 2005-08 and finished his career as the Institute’s 19th all-time leading scorer with 1,400 points. He was an undrafted free agent signee of the Golden State Warriors, with whom he played his first two seasons in the NBA.
Reigning champion James Jones of the Miami Heat will defend his 2011 title against All-Stars Joe Johnson of the Atlanta Hawks and Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Ryan Anderson of the hometown Orlando Magic, and Mario Chalmers of the Heat.
Last year, Jones bested a field that included the Boston Celtics’ Paul Pierce and Ray Allen — Pierce captured the title in 2010, while Allen, the 2001 winner, is the career leader in 3-pointers made. Jones’ 20 points in the final round topped Pierce’s 18 and Allen’s 15.
Former Georgia Tech All-American Mark Price is among six NBA players who have won two or more three-point contest titles. Jeff Hornacek, Jason Kapono, Price and Peja Stojakovic who won two titles each; while Larry Bird and Craig Hodges each captured three straight.
The players will compete in the two-round competition with the top three finishers from the first round advancing to the finals. Five shooting stations will be set up around the three-point line, with four Official Spalding NBA game balls worth one point each and one Spalding NBA All-Star 2012 commemorative red, white and blue “money ball” worth two points at each location. Each player will have one minute to shoot as many balls as he can. In the final round, players will shoot in ascending order of first-round scores. At the discretion of the referee, television instant replay may be consulted for clarification of rules compliance.
FOOT LOCKER THREE-POINT CONTEST YEAR-BY-YEAR WINNERSYear Player1986 Larry Bird, Boston1987 Larry Bird, Boston1988 Larry Bird, Boston1989 Dale Ellis, Seattle1990 Craig Hodges, Chicago1991 Craig Hodges, Chicago1992 Craig Hodges, Chicago1993 Mark Price, Cleveland1994 Mark Price, Cleveland1995 Glen Rice, Miami1996 Tim Legler, Washington1997 Steve Kerr, Chicago1998 Jeff Hornacek, Utah2000 Jeff Hornacek, Utah2001 Ray Allen, Milwaukee2002 Peja Stojakovic, Sacramento2003 Peja Stojakovic, Sacramento2004 Voshon Lenard, Denver2005 Quentin Richardson, Phoenix2006 Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas2007 Jason Kapono, Miami2008 Jason Kapono, Toronto2009 Daequan Cook, Miami2010 Paul Pierce, Boston2011 James Jones, Miami