The original participants of the 2020 NBA All-Star Three-Point Contest included: Buddy Hield of the Sacramento Kings; Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks; Zach Lavine of the Chicago Bulls; Joe Harris of the Brooklyn Nets; Davis Bertans of the Washington Wizards; Devonte’ Graham of the Charlotte Hornets; Duncan Robinson of the Miami Heat; and Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers.
But, Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns replaced Trail Blazers All-Star Damian Lillard, who was forced to withdraw from the Three-Point Contest due to a right groin injury.
It’s really unfortunate that Logo Lillard wasn’t participating, especially this year because of the new format.
The NBA put a new twist on things adding two new shots from 6 feet behind the 3-point line. The "Dew" green balls worth three points each.
The two rounds had 27 shots instead of 25 that took 70 seconds instead of 60.
The additional shots from the wing were known as the "MTN DEW zone".
The new shots from deeper range would have most likely helped give Lillard an edge, all of Rip City knows that.
In Lillard’s last 10 games, he is averaging an impressive 47.2 percent from behind the arc.
But, Booker did Lillard proud with the ‘Dew’ green ball. Booker was the fourth participant to shoot in the first round and he was the first player to hit both of the ‘Dew’ deep three-balls. He put up 27 in the first round and 26 in the second round.
Booker, along with Hield and Bertans, were the three to move on and face off in the Final Round.
And boy, the Final Round did not disappoint.
It came down the final Money Ball.
Here are the results of the Second and Final Round:
Bertans: 22 points
Booker: 26 points
Hield: 27 points
This is the first time the Hield has taken home the 3-point hardware.
Now, here's to hoping they bring back the ‘deep’ three-ball for next year’s competition, and Lillard will be a participant.