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All Ball Fave Five: Best Shooters Never To Win The 3-Point Shootout

by Micah Hart

You may have noticed it’s the offseason, which means we have plenty of time to sit around and think about many of the things that make it fun to be an NBA fan. Here at All Ball, we’ll be passing the time until the start of the season with a new series, the Fave Five. Each week will count down a list of the five best, or worst … somethings. We’ll try to get creative with it. Plus we’re taking requests! If you have a suggestion for a Fave Five post, give us a shout and you may see it appear in this space over the next several weeks.

You often hear complaints during All-Star Weekend about things that need to be fixed, most often in reference to the dunk contest. “Where are the stars? That guy got robbed! How come they get so many chances?”

You know what you never hear complaints about? The 3-Point Shootout. You know why? Because the 3-Point Shootout is perfect. There’s no controversy over judging. There’s no debate over someone’s performance relative to another shooter. And best of all, the game’s best shooters typically WANT to be in the contest, which has led to a general Who’s Who of champions over the years. Bird. Price. Nowitzki. Stojakovic. Allen.

Sadly, like The Highlander, there can be only one (winner each year), which means some pretty terrific marksmen have come up empty over their careers.

In this week’s Fave Five, we take a look at the five best shooters to never win the NBA’s signature shooting event. Obviously there have been hundreds of excellent shooters, so we chose to include only those who participated in the event itself on multiple occasions but came up empty.

5. Hubert Davis

3-Point Bonafides: Perhaps the least accomplished player on this list in terms of his overall body of work, Davis was nonetheless one of the NBA’s sweetest 3-point shooters during his 12-year career. Hubert currently ranks third all time in 3-point shooting percentage, with a career .441 mark (728-1651), including a league-leading .491 with the Mavs in 1999-00.

3-Point History: Davis participated in the shootout three times, in 1996, 1998, and 2000. His best performance came in ’98, when he poured in 24 points in the semis, making 11 straight shots at one point. Unfortunately he peaked too soon and could only muster 10 more in the final round, eventually losing to Jeff Hornacek. Davis failed to make it out of the first round in his other two entries.


Former NBA Players Spread Basketball Message In Middle East

by Micah Hart

For NBA players, the offseason is a time to work on various aspects of your game, but it’s also a great time to travel around and see the world. Many players do this as vacations, but more and more are partnering up with NBA initiatives like Basketball Without Borders and UNICEF missions to make a difference around the world while expanding their own horizons at the same time.

Retired players are getting in using travel as an opportunity to learn about and contribute to a community as well, as recently a group of NBA alumni participated in an excursion to Israel to learn more about the Middle East peace process and the country’s relationship with the United States.

Over the course of their week-long trip, former players such as Cedric Ceballos, Spencer Haywood, Dale Ellis, and 50-point scorer Willie Burton traveled all around the country, visiting religious sites, speaking in front of the Israeli Knesset, and putting on a clinic for Palestinian and Israeli youths.

Sounds like an amazing trip. According to Stephen Bardo, it was pretty eye-opening:

And while their trip was packed with meetings and briefings and clinics, it doesn’t mean there still wasn’t a little time for some R&R:

Cedric Ceballos takes a dip in the Dead Sea

Basketball has taken people a lot of places, and it’s great to see so many current and former players continuing to pay it forward.

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