CHICAGO -- Davis Bertans is the type of competitor who operates both on the court and throughout life with an edge, a chip on his shoulder. So even when he's in a setting like Saturday's, where he is addressing a large group of reporters on-camera and doing his best to be deferential and downplay his supreme confidence, he can only contain himself up to a point.
It was only a matter of time before the right types of questions would reveal the fire which has helped him achieve success at basketball's highest level.
When asked who is going to win the three-point contest on Saturday night, he replied: "I'm going to say me... That's a shooter's mentality. That's how it's supposed to be."
When asked how far the NBA could move the three-point line back (from 23 feet, nine inches) and still not affect his percentages, he said: "I would be okay with the three-point line being 29 or 30 feet. You would have a lot less shooters in the league. My value would go up probably."
Bertans is set to take that mentality into his first NBA three-point contest and it's a good reason not to bet against him. While some participants may just be glad to have the experience, he wants to win.
Bertans says his competitive mentality roots back to his childhood when he would battle his older brother, Dairis, in one-on-one. Dairis also grew up to be an NBA player.
"I know that my brother hated losing to me. He got upset one time when I was just launching from my shoulder [some] threes and banking in some crazy shots. I beat him maybe once or twice as a kid. But when I lost, I was crying every single time. After that, I just wanted to win every time I stepped on the court or at anything," Davis said.
Bertans, in fact, still isn't over those battles.
"I haven't played against him in a long time, but we might have to go back at it soon," he said.
Bertans will compete in the three-point contest against Devonte' Graham, Devin Booker, Joe Harris (defending champion), Buddy Hield, Zach LaVine, Duncan Robinson and Trae Young. Though he wants to leave Chicago with the trophy, Bertans says there will be no trash-talking before or during the competition.
He's competitive, but not that competitive.
"I might be like that with the guys I'm around every day because they know I'm messing around. They are going to think I'm an a--hole if I do that," he said.
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