It’s official: Nets shooting guard Anthony Morrow is headed to the 3-point contest for the first time in his career on Feb. 25 in Orlando as part of All-Star weekend.
Morrow will compete against reigning champion James Jones (Heat), Joe Johnson (Hawks), Kevin Love (Timberwolves), ex-Net Ryan Anderson (Magic) and Mario Chalmers (Heat).
The participants will compete in a two-round competition, with the top three shooters moving on from the first round to the finals. There will be five shooting stations around the 3-point arc, with four official balls worth one point and a “money ball” worth two points. In the finals, players will shoot in ascending order of their first-round scores.
Morrow, the second-most accurate 3-point marksman in NBA history (44.3 percent), is shooting 42 percent from beyond the arc in 2011-12. On Feb. 8, the 26-year-old hit a career-high eight 3-pointers and scored a career-best 42 points in a loss to Minnesota.
The four-year pro, who went undrafted out of Georgia Tech, is averaging 13.7 points for the Nets (8-21) this season.
Morrow’s agent, Wallace Prather, told ESPN NewYork.com on Monday that he began making calls early in the process letting people know of Morrow’s interest in participating, and “Morrow did the rest.”
Morrow was hoping to participate last season, but he got injured right before the selection and didn’t have enough attempts to qualify.
“Thank you all, all I have to say is I'm thankful to go shoot in the 3 pt contest for my family, fans and nets organization, God is Great!” Morrow tweeted on Monday after finding out from his agent.