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A Peja Stojakovic vs Dirk Nowitzki 3-point contest happened, and the result stunned the whole gym

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If anyone is wondering who could have won a 3-point contest between legendary shooters Dirk Nowitzki and Peja Stojakovic, there’s good news for you: it actually happened, and the result blew everyone away.

Dirk Nowitzki: “I think he made 95 or 96 of them”

Dirk and Peja were teammates in Dallas in 2011. Peja was at the tail end of his career and joined the Mavs for a shot at winning the title. The group accomplished the goal of winning the franchise’s only championship, and Stojakovic retired after. If fans wanted to know who would win in an imaginary shootout between them, Dirk and Peja actually have done it. 

The two sweet-shooting men had a 3-point contest after practice, and the German sharpshooter was surprised at how good Stojakovic was. Dirk and Peja leveled up the contest and went for 100 3-point shots, during which Stojakovic almost did not miss. 

“We’d shoot five 3s in five spots, so that’s 25 shots per round, then it’s the next guy’s turn. I think he made 95 or 96 of them. The whole gym was stunned. That’s how good he was, how easy he shot it.”

Dirk Nowitzki, The Athletic

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Without Peja, there’s a chance Dallas would not have won the title in 2011. The Serbian shooter made huge contributions against the L.A. Lakers and the OKC Thunder. He wasn’t used much in the Finals series, but that doesn't reduce the impact he had on the Mavs winning the Larry O'Brien trophy.

Stojakovic only stayed in Dallas for one year but made the most out of it. Some veterans ring chase for years, while Peja was fortunate to win one before retiring. 

Is Peja the most underrated shooter of all time?

Younger fans are probably unaware of how good Peja was, but a quick Youtube search about him yields some of his best highlights. 

Stojakovic was named an All-Star three times and won the 3-point contest twice. Only Larry Bird and Craig Hodges have more 3-point contest trophies at home - not a bad company to be in. The former Sacramento King had a peculiar release, but it was deadly nonetheless. 

Peja was one of the best shooters in his era who probably deserved more recognition and praise. It would be fun to see him play in the current era where spacing and shooting are given more importance. It’s also a good thing he won a ring before retiring because he deserved it. 

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