Originally written on New York Sports-Kings  |  Last updated 10/16/14
Imagine if Steve Novak was in that State Farm commercial with Aaron Rogers talking to a classroom of students.  One of the kids could tell him he should have “double checked” the defender with a pump fake and then shoot to avoid from being blocked. “Is that a question?” Novak could ask. “No, just an observation,” replies the student with a smile. Novak may “Discount Double Check” every time he hits a three, but he won’t be appearing in any commercials anytime soon.  Instead, he will be appearing at All-Star weekend during this year’s Foot Locker 3-point contest.  For one of the best catch-and-shoot guys in the NBA, it would seem that this contest is made for Novak to thrive. Does any Knick fan think that Novak could lose a contest like this?  Seriously, are there any of you out there? Because any Knick fan should think that Novak is the best 3-point shooter in the NBA.  He’s not having as good of a season as last year when he shot nearly 50% from behind the arch, but his skills as a pure shooter cannot be ignored. Steve Novak (left) is second in the NBA in 3-point shooting percentage and will be put to the test in tonight’s 3-point contest. PHOTO COURTESY: CHRIS TROTMAN/GETTY IMAGES This year, Novak has taken less threes and shot at a slightly lower percentage from downtown which has affected the consistency of his shot.  If he were to win this contest, it would be a nice thing to hang his hat on to prove that there is room in the league for a guy who can only catch-and-shoot. Or maybe more suitably something he could hang his championship belt on. The contest might be perfect for Novak but there is no guarantee that he will win.  This year’s contest has other guys such as Ryan Anderson and Matt Bonner who are just like Novak and could say the contest was made for them. The field is rounded out with top talents such as Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving and Paul George who will all be tough competitors for Novak to beat. So if the winner isn’t going to be Novak, who is it going to be?  The popular choice is Curry, who has the best percentage from deep among the six candidates.  The general perception is that Curry should have been an All-Star as he has powered the surprise Warriors to a 30-22 first half record.  He leads the team in points (21.0), assists (6.6) and steals (1.6) per game. The perfect way to prove that he should be an All-Star would be to win this contest.  And if you saw the video of him practicing for this contest you would think he has no chance to lose. New York is hopeful that Curry and the other five contestants fall to their hero Novak whose only role on the Knicks is to hit 3-point shots.  Novak is a guy who takes roughly 80 percent of his shots from behind the 3-point line, so he should be disappointed if he can’t prove he is the best of the best. It won’t be easy but New York should feel confident that their guy can win this contest.  Hopefully, Novak can hit enough threes to show everyone why he proclaims himself the “titleholder” every time he scores. Follow us on Twitter – @NYSportskings Like Dave Ragazzo on Facebook and follow him on Twitter The post Steve Novak was Made for the 3-Point Contest, But It Will Be a Tough For Him To Win appeared first on New York Sports Kings.
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