Does Miami Heat's Mario Chalmers deserve spot in NBA's 3-point shootout?

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 05: Mario Chalmers of the Miami Heat reacts after hitting a three-point basket in the third overtime against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on January 5, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Miami Heat point guard Mario Chalmers has slowly been maturing into a very solid shooter. This season Chalmers has been shooting better then at any point during his career, especially from 3-point range. He currently leads all Heat players with 57 triples this season, a number that could easily double by the time the season is over. He is also making 47.1% of his shots from beyond the arc, which is probably more impressive then his field goal percentage which sits at 51.4%.

Those of you who think that these numbers should translate into Chalmers participating in the 3-point shooting contest at next weekend's All-Star Weekend could very well be spot on, but that doesn't mean it's going to happen. Does Rio deserve a spot in the competition? Probably. Will he actually get to participate? Probably not.

James Jones will most likely get the nod considering he is the defending champion of the competition. The league will give Jones the option to defend his title, and he is expected to do so. That being the case, it's unlikely that the league will invite two players from the same team. But if the NBA does decide to extend an invite to Rio, he said: "I they asked me, I'd do it for sure."

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