For the first time since 2009, the WNBA will have the 3-point contest during halftime of its All-Star Game July 22 in Seattle.
The WNBA is bringing back the 3-point contest to its All-Star Game.
“The 3-point contest is something we’ve had before and I’ve participated in,” Sue Bird of the Seattle Storm said. “It’s fun and great for the fans and players. Everyone enjoys it.”
The event will feature six players, who are yet to be named. The winner of the event will receive a $10,000 donation to the charity of her choice.
“I think it’s great. The event we should always have is the 3-point shooting contest,” said Diana Taurasi, who became the career leader in 3-pointers made this season. “When it went away for a little bit, I didn’t really understand why it did, so that’s good news to me.”
The shootout will be similar to the NBA version, with each player taking 25 shots. The fifth rack will have balls each worth two points that can be placed in any of the locations of the other racks. The players will have one minute to shoot.
“It’s a fun way to switch it up,” Bird said. “These competitions are fun and have a competitive twist to them.”
The 3-point contest comes just after of a new voting format that allows players and media to join fans in the selection process for the all-star starters.
All-Star voting opened on June 13 and ends July 6. The fans’ vote will count for 50 percent, while votes by current players and a media panel will count for 25 percent each. The change follows the NBA All-Star selection process that was put in place this past season.