NBA announces 3-point Contest rule change, participants

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The NBA 3-Point Contest is changing again.

For the first 28 years of the sharpshooting competition, the format remained constant. Then, in 2014, the NBA added a rack of all money balls. Now, the 2020 version will include two shots from six feet behind the 3-point line, worth three points each. Shooters will also have 10 extra seconds to complete the contest, compensating for the added shots.

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The players competing in the new version include defending champion Joe Harris, returning competitors Damian Lillard and Buddy Hield, and new faces Trae Young and Davis Bertans.

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It's not a change many fans were expecting. Out of the six All-Star events (Celebrity Game, Rising Stars Game, Skills Challenge, 3-Point Contest, Dunk Contest, All-Star Game), the shooting competition probably garnered the least amount of complaints, making this shake-up somewhat of a surprise.

But the 3-Point Contest's lack of gimmicks limited its shareable social media moments, perhaps the most important metric in a modern All-Star event. This change could help the shooters compete with the rest of the weekend's festivities in that regard.

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