Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Terry ranks 80th in 3-point percentage
By Jeff Caplan
DALLAS -- Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Terry wants to compete in the Three-Point Contest for NBA All-Star Weekend, and owner Mark Cuban said the team is doing its part to help get him there.
"Oh, I sure wish I was. I'd love to do it," Terry said Tuesday night. "I did it twice, and I was disappointed in my performance. So I know here at home it would be something for the fans to get pumped up for if I was in it."
Cuban said the team is lobbying the NBA to include Terry in the Feb. 13 event at American Airlines Center. It's part of the Saturday night festivities surrounding the first NBA All-Star Game to be held in North Texas for the first time since 1986.
The six Three-Point Contest participants will be announced Feb. 3. Last year's winner, Miami's Daequan Cook, is an automatic qualifier. The remaining five are chosen from the league's top 3-point shooters this season.
Although his 3-point percentage (35.4) is down from his career mark (38.2), placing him 80th in the league, Terry is a feared 3-point shooter, especially late in games. He's led the Mavericks in 3-pointers the last four seasons and in 3-point field-goal percentage in two of the last five seasons.
Terry's 75 3-pointers this season trail Jason Kidd by eight for the team lead. The 36-year-old Kidd, who is shooting 40.5 percent from beyond the arc this season, said Wednesday that he has no interest in competing.
"I'll be in Arizona tuning in," said Kidd, a nine-time All-Star. "I'll watch it."
The inaugural Three-Point Shootout was won in 1986 at Reunion Arena by Larry Bird, instantly made legendary by proclaiming beforehand, "Who's coming in second?" Bird won it and exited the court with his index finger raised.
"He walked right off," said Terry, a self-proclaimed All-Star historian. "I was 9 years old. I was in Seattle. I've watched every single game. I don't think I've missed one since, I don't know, since I was 4 years old maybe."
Dallas was represented in the 1986 shootout by guard Dale Ellis. Terry, in his 11th NBA season and sixth with the Mavs, would like to carry on the hometown tradition. He competed in the 2006 and 2007 contests, but he didn't get out of the first round either time. In 2006 in Houston, teammate Dirk Nowitzki came out on top.
"He actually cheated me," Terry said, smiling. "They gave him an extra shot. I would have gone to the finals."
Cuban said the Mavs also lobbied, unsuccessfully, for rookie guard Rodrigue Beaubois to make the nine-man roster for the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge, which pits the league's top first-year players against the best second-year players on Feb. 12.