Report Card for 3-Point Shootout

Sunday February 17th, 2008
Three-Point Shootout Grades's Marty Burns grades each player from the 3-Point Shootout
Daniel Gibson
Grade: A-
Analysis: The MVP of Friday night's Rookie-Sophomore Game just didn't have enough bullets left, finishing runner-up with 17 in each round. At least Mike Bibby isn't headed to Cleveland to take his minutes.
Richard Hamilton
Grade: B-
Analysis: Pistons guard competed sans facemask, but can still show his face despite first-round ouster (14 points) -- in which his last two shots were disallowed for stepping over the line. After all, he made good on his guarantee to finish ahead of Kobe.
Jason Kapono
Grade: A
Analysis: Raptors forward became sixth player to win back-to-back Shootout crowns, racking up record-tying 25 in final round. Along with his regular-season title of a year ago, he is now officially the NBA's best three-point marksman.
Steve Nash
Grade: C
Analysis: Suns captain couldn't add Shootout crown to his '05 All-Star Skills Challenge victory, finishing with the lowest score in first round (nine). That's OK, he's got those two MVP trophies on his mantle.
Dirk Nowitzki
Grade: B
Analysis: An injury replacement for Kobe Bryant, the 7-foot German couldn't duplicate his '06 Shootout title. At least he made more than 29 percent of his attempts, his 3-point shooting percentage from downtown this season.
Peja Stojakovic
Grade: B
Analysis: Much to the disappointment of the hometown crowd, the '02 and ?03 Shootout champ failed in his bid to join Larry Bird and Craig Hodges as only three-time winners. Surprisingly, he didn't even get out of the first round (15).
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