History of the San Antonio Spurs in the 3-point contest
By Andrew Ites
With All-Star weekend just around the corner, it’s time to take a look at the San Antonio Spurs’ history in the three-point contest.
The San Antonio Spurs’ have had a ton of lethal three-point shooters in the history of their franchise.
Their ability to hit threes at an incredible rate helped them steamroll the Miami Heat in the 2014 Finals and change the way the game is played.
The Spurs’ tradition of sending a player to the three-point contest began in 1994 when they sent Dale Ellis to All-Star weekend.
San Antonio sent Chuck Person to the three-point contest in 1995, but the Spurs didn’t have a three-point representative in the contest until a 36-year-old Terry Porter qualified in 2000.
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Steve Smith wore a Spurs uniform to the three-point showdown in 2002 before there was another drought of three-point participants from San Antonio.
Roger Mason picked up the mantle during the three-point contest in 2009, but he failed to be the first Spur to claim the three-point crown.
Spurs legend Matt Bonner qualified for the contest in 2013, but the Red Mamba fell short just like those who came before him.
Finally, Marco Belinelli claimed the three-point title in 2014 for the first time in San Antonio’s illustrious history.
Belinelli defeated a star-studded field that included Steph Curry, Kyrie Irving, Damian Lillard, Kevin Love, Joe Johnson, and Aaron Afflalo.
Marco took down Bradley Beal in the final round to claim the crown in New Orleans.
The Italian Stallion attempted to defend his title the next season in Brooklyn, but he was unable to defeat Steph Curry two years in a row.
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Unfortunately, the Spurs will not have a representative in the three-point contest during this year’s festivities even though Davis Bertans ranks second in the league in three-point percentage.
Hopefully Bertans or one of the Spurs’ other three-point shooters will get a shot at the title in 2020.