Houston Rocket Eric Gordon Wins 2017 Three-Point Contest
Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon was one of eight players selected to participate in the 2017 JBL Three-Point Contest during State Farm’s All-Star Saturday Night in New Orleans. Gordon is ranked 2nd in the NBA with 170 3-pointers made in his first season as a Rocket. Gordon spent five seasons in the Smoothie King Center as a New Orleans Pelican so claiming the victory in front of his former hometown crowd, that harassed him with boos all night, had to have made the tie-breaking victory that much sweeter. He faced Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving, Toronto’s Kyle Lowry, Dallas’ Wesley Matthews, Portland’s C.J. McCollum, Golden State’s Klay Thompson, Charlotte’s Kemba Walker, and the Los Angeles Lakers’ Nick Young.
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The JBL Three-Point Contest is a two-round, timed competition in which five shooting locations are positioned around the three-point arc. Four racks contain four orange balls (each worth one point) and one multicolored “money” ball (worth two points). The fifth rack is a special “all money ball” rack, which each participant can place at any of the five shooting locations. Every ball on this rack is worth two points.
The players have one minute to shoot as many of the 25 balls as they can. The three competitors with the highest scores in the first round advance to the championship round.
While Irving made it to the final round with Gordon and ultimately lost, he made headlines during All Star Weekend for a different reason. Reddit got hold of an appearance Irving made on a podcast where he expressed his belief that the Earth is flat. “This is not even a conspiracy theory,” Irving said. “The Earth is flat. The Earth is flat.” Well, needless to say, once he lost the 3-point battle to Gordon in the final round, the conversation shifted to his performance falling flat.
Gordon’s victory is the first for him and the Rockets franchise. Following the win, he talked about his next goals. “I definitely would like to win Sixth Man of the Year,” said Gordon. “Coach [Mike] D’Antoni, he was always — when he moved me to the bench, he was like, you’d better make sure you win this award and be productive. So as long as we continue to win and I continue to do it, I think it’s possible.”