Booker to compete in All-Star 3-point contest
PHOENIX -- Suns guard Devin Booker will be one of eight shooters in the 3-point contest as part of All-Star Saturday Night at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Feb. 13.
Competing against Booker, who at 19 years old will be the youngest participant in the history of the contest, will be last year's winner Stephen Curry of Golden State, Miami's Chris Bosh, Houston's James Harden, Toronto's Kyle Lowry, Milwaukee's Khris Middleton, the L.A. Clippers' J.J. Redick and Golden State's Klay Thompson.
Currently leading NBA rookies by making 41.8 percent (51-of-122) of his 3-point attempts, Booker ranks 12th among all qualified players this season. The Suns guard will be the first teenager and just the fourth rookie to compete in the event that dates back to 1986. He will become the first rookie participant since Curry in 2010 with Philadelphia's Kyle Korver (2004) and Orlando's Dennis Scott (1991) also competing in their first seasons.
Booker will be the seventh Suns player to compete in the 3-point shootout during All-Star weekend, joining Jeff Hornacek (1992), Dan Majerle (1993, 1995), Quentin Richardson (2005), Joe Johnson (2005), Steve Nash (2008) and Channing Frye (2010). Richardson is the only Sun to win the event.