Miami Heat All-Star forward Chris Bosh may not be able to defend his crown in the Shooting Stars competition during NBA All-Star Weekend but he'll be able to compete in a more prestigious competition this year.
For the first time, Bosh has been selected to participate in the 2016 Foot Locker Three-Point Contest along with defending champion Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors as well as James Harden of the Houston Rockets, Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors, Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns, Khris Middleton of the Milwaukee Bucks and J.J. Redick of the Los Angeles Clippers.
Bosh, who was previously announced as an All-Star for the 11th consecutive year after teammate Dwyane Wade was named a starter, leads the Heat this season in three-pointers made with a career-high 78 while shooting 36.6 percent from long range.
Bosh has become the seventh Heat player to participate in the event. Four Heat players have won the competition: James Jones (2011), Daequan Cook (2009), Jason Kapono (2007) and Glen Rice (1995).
The Heat's press release has more on what Bosh has managed to accomplish from beyond the arc.
His 252 made three-point field goals as a member of the HEAT are the most by a player at least 6'11" in team history and the second most by an active player at least that tall with their current team, only Dirk Nowitzki has more with Dallas. He also connected on a career-high nine-straight trey's over a two-game span on December 28 and December 29, shooting a perfect 5-of-5 from downtown vs. Brooklyn on December 28 to become just the 12th player in HEAT franchise history to be perfect from beyond the arc with at least five attempts during a single game. Bosh began the season connecting on at least one three-point field goal in nine-straight games, the longest such streak to start a season in his career, helping Miami to extend their streak of at least one made three-point field goal to a current 323 consecutive games.
The Three-Point Contest is part of State Farm® All-Star Saturday Night, which will take place at 7:30pm on Saturday, Feb. 13 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto. It will be televised exclusively on TNT.