NBA All Star 2020: 3-Point Contest format changes
The NBA has implemented a small but key change in the format of the 3-Point Contest in the upcoming 2020 NBA All Star Weekend in Chicago.
According to AP’s Tim Reynolds, the NBA will introduce 2 extra attempts for each player in the elimination round, and they have to be taken 6 feet behind the NBA regulation 3-point line.
The NBA is changing the format of the 3-point contest at All-Star weekend, AP is told.
The new twist: two new shots from 6 feet behind the 3-point line and they'll be worth three points each. Rounds will now be 27 shots instead of 25, taking 70 seconds instead of 60.
— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) February 4, 2020
Those attempts will be worth 3 points each, and they also increase the total number of balls to 27 instead of 25. The round time will now be 70 seconds.
A total of 8 participants are competing in the 3-point contest, headlined by all-stars Damian Lillard and Trae Young, and defending winner Joe Harris.
Also in the contest are Buddy Hield, Duncan Robinson, Zach LaVine, Devonte’ Graham, Davis Bertans.
Such change in the format is perhaps due to the transformation of basketball over the past decade.
Teams are shooting more triples in the last few years compared to previous eras, and are also taking them from significantly farther distances on the average.