NBA players that have earned multiple victories in the "NBA Three-Point Shootout".
The NBA has had it's fair share of great three-point shooters. One of the highlights of the NBA's annual all-star weekend, is the "Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout" competition. Great shooters like Dale Ellis, Steve Kerr, Tim Legler, and Glen Rice have all hoisted the three-point trophy at some time or another. However, there have only been a select few group of players that have won the competition on more than one occasion. Building on the previously written article titled "Five NBA players who are mainly rememberd for their wins in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest" -- which can be read here, this article will showcase the handful of NBA players who've earned multiple victories in the NBA Three-Point Shootout competition.
Larry Bird was the winner of the first inaugural three-point shootout held during the 1985-86 NBA season. Bird also won the three-Point shootout in 1986-87, and 1987-88, making him the first player to win the contest three straight years. Regarded as a legend in the NBA, Bird was known for his precision shooting ability. What made Bird even more special was his shooting ability along with his height. Most three point shooters during Bird's era were smaller players. Bird was listed at the height of 6,9, which made him a match-up nightmare for power forwards. Bird was voted to the "NBA's 50th Anniversay All-Time Team in 1996. He was also inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1998. He retired in 1992 due to chronic back problems. Following his playing career, Bird would coach the Indiana Pacers from 1997 to 2000. The 1999-00 Pacer team he coached made it to the NBA Finals, but lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in six games. In 2003, Bird would become president of basketball operations for the Pacers. He held this position until 2012. Bird is the only person in NBA history to be named Most Valuable Player(MVP), Coach of the Year, and Executive of the year.
Craig Hodges is remembered for being a three-point shooting specialist for the Chicago Bulls during their first championship years. Hodges played for the Bulls from 1988 till 1992. He helped the team win NBA titles in 1991 and 1992. Hodges became the second player in NBA history to win the Three-Point Shootout three straight years. Larry Bird preceded him in doing this, and he along with Bird are the only two players to ever win the contest three straight years. Hodges also holds the record for the most consecutive three point shots made in the contest. Hodges made 19 straight three point shots in the 1991 contest, and also set a record for most points(25 points) scored in a single round. He done this in the 1986 contest. After being waived by the Bulls after the 1991-92 season, Hodges would go and play overseas. Hodges would later coach college basketball at Chicago State University. In 2005, Hodges would join the Los Angeles Lakers as a special assistant under his former Bulls head coach, Phil Jackson. However, when Phil Jackson retired after the 2010-2011 season, Hodges contract with the Lakers expired as well.
Mark Price is regarded as one of the most consistent shooters to play in the NBA. Price first won the Three-Point Shootout in 1993-93. He would also win the contest the following year, making him the third player in NBA history to become a multiple NBA Three-Point Shootout champion. Price spent much of his career with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but he also played for the Washington Bullets, Golden State Warriors, and Orlando Magic. Price is an all-time statistical leader in free throw shooting percentage. He finished his career with a 90.4% free throw shooting percentage. Price also became the second player after Larry Bird to become part of the NBA's "50-40-90" club. This is a club reserved for NBA players who've shot at least 50% from the field, 40% percent from the three point line, and 90% from the free throw line. Price achieved this in the 1988-89 season, and is still one of only five players to ever achieve this, while attempting the minimum number of shots for each category. Following his retirement from the NBA in 1998, Price would go on and coach for several colleges before becoming a consultant for various teams in the NBA. Price is also credited for helping Boston Celtics point guard, Rajon Rondo improve his jump shot. Price was hired as a player development coach for the Orlando Magic in 2011.
Jeff Hornacek first won the Three-Point Shootout in 1997-98. The 1998-99 NBA season was shortened due to a lockout, so there wasn't an NBA All-Star weekend this season. However, all-star weekend resumed in 99-2000, and Hornacek once again claimed the trophy for the NBA Three Point Shootout. Hornacek joined the elite group of players who've won the contest more than once with this victory. During his career, Hornacek played for the Phoenix Suns, Philadephia 76ers, and the Utah Jazz. He is probably most remembered for his years with the Jazz, which was the team he was playing for the years he won the three-point contest. Like the previously mentioned players in this article, Hornacek was known for his consistent shooting ability. On November 23, 1994, Hornacek set a then NBA record with eight consecutive three-pointers in a game without a miss. He also tied an NBA record with 11 consecutive three-pointers without a miss during the same season. This streak lasted from December 30, 1994-January 11, 1995. Hornacek was also regarded as one of the best free-throw shooters in the league. He once made 67 consectutive free throws spanning from November 12, 1999 till January 6, 2000. Knee problems forced Hornacek into retirement after the 1999-2000 NBA season. Upon retiring from the NBA, Hornacek has served as a special assistant coach with the Utah Jazz. His role included helping Jazz players improve their shooting ability. After head coach Jerry Sloan departed from the team, Hornacek became a full time assistant coach with the Jazz.
Peja Stojackovic is another player known for his excellent shooting abilities. He is also the first European-born player to ever win the contest. Stojackovic played for several NBA teams, but he is mostly remembered for his tenure with the Sacromento Kings. This was the team that drafted Stojackovic into the NBA. Stojackovic won the NBA Three-Point Shootout first in the 2001-02 NBA season, and then again the following year in 2002-03. He currently ranks sixth all-time in regular season three-point field goals made in the NBA. Stojackovic was a great outside shooter for his height(6,10). During his NBA career, Stojackovic was selected to the NBA All-Star team three times. His selections came in 2001-2004. Injuries plagued Stojackovic in the latter part of his career. However, he did earn an NBA title with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011. Stojackovic announced his retirement from the NBA on December 19, 2011. Constant back and neck problems hindered his play later in his career, and thus was the cause for his retirement.
Jason Kapono won the three-point shootout in the years 2006-08. He first won the contest as a member of the Miami Heat in 2006-07. He would then win the competition the following year as a member of the Toronto Raptors. Kapono at one point was statistically the most accurate three-point shooter in NBA history. However, he has since dropped after moving ahead of Steve Kerr previously. Kapono has also twice lead the NBA in three-point field goal percentage. Kapono's 24 point outing in the final round of the 2007 event tied previous winner, Mark Price's record for for most points in the final round of the three-point contest. Out of the previous winners mentioned in this article, Kapono is the only player still active. Kapono has played with several teams which include: the Cleveland Cavaliers, Charlotte Bobcats, Miami Heat, Toronto Raptors, Philadelphia 76ers, and the Los Angeles Lakers. On March 15, 2012, Kapono was traded along with Luke Walton to the Cleveland Cavaliers. However, two days later he was waived by the Cavaliers. It is unknown as to where Kapono's professional career will go at this point.
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