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Suns’ Devin Booker – by far – youngest player in NBA 3-point contest history

Devin Booker

Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker reacts after hitting a 3-point shot against the San Antonio Spurs during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)


If the Timberwolves get Zach LaVine in the dunk contest and the Lakers get Jordan Clarkson in the skills competition, isn’t it only right that the Western Conference’s other cellar dweller is also represented on All-Star Saturday night?

Not only did Devin Booker of the freefalling Suns get invited to the 3-point contest, He’s making history.

Booker – 19 years and 106 days old on All-Star Saturday night – will be the youngest competitor in the event’s history.

By far.

The difference between Booker and the second-youngest participant (Bradley Beal in 2014) is greater than the difference between the second-youngest participant and the 13th-youngest participant (Mike Miller in 2002)

Here are the 15 youngest competitors in 3-point contest history with their age the day of the shootout:


Devin Booker, 201619 years, 106 days
Bradley Beal, 201420 years, 232 days
Kyrie Irving, 2013*20 years, 330 days
Rashard Lewis, 200121 years, 186 days
Danilo Gallinari, 201021 years, 189 days
Dirk Nowitzki, 200021 years, 238 days
Mike Bibby, 200021 years, 275 days
Daequan Cook, 2009*21 years, 292 days
Quentin Richardson, 200221 years, 302 days
Kyrie Irving, 201421 years, 329 days
Stephen Curry, 201021 years, 336 days
Daniel Gibson, 200821 years, 354 days
Mike Miller, 200221 years, 355 days
Kevin Durant, 201122 years, 143 days
Dennis Scott, 199122 years, 157 days

*Won event

Though the NBA can obviously pick whomever it desires for these contests, Booker deserves inclusion. He’s a historically great outside shooter for his age.

His combination of volume (1.2 made per game) and efficiency (41.7%) on 3-pointers is unmatched by any teenager. Kevin Durant is the only player to hit those marks even at age 20.

So much has gone wrong for the Suns this season, but Booker’s production has been a revelation. The rookie has the makings of a special player.

That’ll be on display next week.