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Zach LaVine has a chance at making All-Star history where Ray Allen and Brent Barry failed

Zach LaVine

If LaVine pulls it off, he will enter the history books as the first-ever to win the All-Star Slam Dunk and 3-point contest

Zach LaVine has a chance to accomplish a rare feat that Ray Allen, and Brent Barry failed to achieve: become the first ever to win the All-Star Dunk contest and 3-point shooting contest. But he’s up for some tough competition in Cleveland. 

LaVine on the verge to become the first Slam Dunk and 3-point shooting winner

LaVine can fly. That’s pretty established already, but one thing about his game that also needs some recognition is his 3-point shooting. Zach had to work his way up to a level where he is now a legit threat from the rainbow territory.

The Chicago Bulls star had the highest 3-point percentage of his career in the 2020-21 season, shooting 41 percent from the 3-point land. He’s still within that range this year with 40 percent. This is still decent, considering he has to share the ball with DeMar DeRozan. His improved shooting efficiency and consistency earned him a ticket to the 3-point contest in the All-Star weekend to be held in Cleveland. If LaVine pulls it off, he will enter the history books as the first-ever to win the All-Star Slam Dunk and 3-point contest. 

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Among those who attempted to win both Slam Dunk and 3-point contests were Ray Allen and Brent Barry. Allen won the 3-point contest in 2001 but was unable to grab the Slam Dunk trophy in 1997. Meanwhile, Barry won the Slam Dunk in 1996 but only reached the finals of the 3-point shootout in 2003. Now, LaVine has a chance to make it happen, but he faces an acid test in the 3-point contest.

LaVine has tough competition in the 3-point contest 

No Steph Curry and no Klay Thompson usually mean a higher chance of winning the 3-point shootout, but Zach still faces tough competition in Trae Young. Fred VanVleet. Luke Kennard, Patty Mills, and CJ McCollum can light it up in an instant. Karl-Anthony Towns could win it, and we saw stranger things happen in the past while young gun Desmond Bane could pull off an upset.

In terms of 3-point percentage this season, Luke Kennard is the top on this list with 43 percent connection, followed by Mills’ 42.4 percent and KAT’s surprising 40.9 percent.

It will be an exciting shootout regardless of who wins the contest, but LaVine fans will surely pray their idol gets it and makes history in the process.

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