Steph Curry, Damian Lillard lead NBA 3-Point Shootout field

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The NBA announced that eight players will take the floor to compete from behind the arc at All-Star Weekend.

The TNT crew announced the field for the 2014 Three-Point Shootout on Thursday, and it will include guards Steph Curry and Damian Lillard.

Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers


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Lillard stands out here, as he is set to make All-Star Weekend his own. An All-Star reserve, he'll also be participating in the Rising Stars game and the slam dunk contest. No one has ever done all of these things in the same year.

The Blazers' second-year guard is shooting 40.5 percent from three-point land this season and is a big reason why Portland's offense has been so effective. He set the three-pointers made rookie record last year and has beaten Klay Thompson's two-year mark of 322 already this year.

Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers

Irving is a dangerous three-point shooter and seeing him go up against Lillard, who writers are wont to pair in narrative against each other, should make for a great competition.

His offense has been one of the few bright spots for the Cleveland Cavaliers this season, where he has shot 35 percent from deep. Like Lillard, Irving has serious range and can shoot from well beyond the three-point line. He's a great addition to the contest.

Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards

The Wizards guard is half of one of the league's best young backcourts and has one of the prettiest shooting strokes fans will see in the 3-Point Shootout.

Beal is averaging 41 percent from three-point range and has been a big part of what has helped Washington to its first time above .500 in more than four years. Whether he can take out some of the players more known for their range could help legitimize the oft-injured guard's credentials as a scorer in front of the All-Star crowd.

Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves

Love is a natural shooter despite being one of the tallest players on the floor. The former UCLA big man's range is what has helped him to become one of the best forwards in the game.

The Timberwolves' centerpiece is shooting 37.5 percent from deep on the season, and he increased his attempts by almost two full shots per-game over his career averages.

Arron Afflalo, Orlando Magic

Afflalo has had what many consider to be his breakout year as Orlando has floundered this season. The former Nuggets wingman is shooting 47 percent from the field this year and is averaging a career-high 19.9 points per-game.

Afflalo has been deadly from deep, shooting 42.7 percent on the season, but comes in at just 4.5 attempts per-game, one of the lower rates from participants in this contest.

Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors

Curry is quite possibly one of the best three-point shooting talents we've seen in the NBA in the last two decades and his inclusion is a no-brainer for the league.

The Golden State Warriors guard is averaging 24 points-per-game this season to go along with 40 percent shooting from deep. He should be considered a favorite.

Marco Belinelli, San Antonio Spurs

Belinelli is having a breakout season for the Spurs, filling in for Danny Green for most of January and providing a spark from long range.

Despite his competency from deep, he's also the only bench player included in the competition and that will make him a dark horse candidate. But will he be wearing his patented white shoes?

Joe Johnson, Brooklyn Nets

The Nets' scoring star will be one of the more notable stars competing in the three-point contest. A crucial part of Brooklyn's revival over the month of January, Johnson is shooting 39 percent from deep while averaging 15.6 points per-game. A scorer by nature, he will have an uphill battle from more experienced, true shooters in Lillard and Curry.

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