Novak To Make Three-Point Shootout Debut
HOUSTON (CBSNewYork) — Knicks forward Steve Novak will make his three-point contest debut tonight for the beginning of the NBA’s All-Star Weekend in Houston, Texas.
The 6-foot-10, 235-pounder will be up against Kyrie Irving of the Cavaliers, Ryan Anderson of the Hornets, Paul George of the Pacers, Matt Bonner of the Spurs and Stephen Curry of the Warriors.
Novak is shooting 44.1 percent from beyond the arc this season. Last year, he led the league in three-point shooting with a 47.2 average.
“I’ve been in 3-point contests before just not as this level obviously,” Novak told KnicksNow.com. “There will only be as much pressure as I put on myself. You have to be in a good place mentally and just be focused and know that every shot is going to go in.”
Novak is averaging 6.9 points, 0.5 assists and 1.9 rebounds in 22.3 minutes per game for the Knicks who have staked their claim as one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference this season.
The sharpshooter will join the ranks of former Knicks Trent Tucker, Hubert Davis, Charlie Ward and Allan Houston who also participated in the event. No Knick representative has been crowned three-point king since the contest began in 1985-86.
Knicks forward James White will be partaking in the slam dunk contest with Eric Bledsoe of the Clippers, Jeremy Evans of the Jazz, Kenneth Faried of the Nuggets, Gerald Green of the Pacers and Terrence Ross of the Raptors.
Sunday’s main event will feature ‘Bockers Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler, as well as cross-town rival Brook Lopez from the Brooklyn Nets who was named to his first All-Star team.
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