By Marty Burns
February 20, 2005
3-Point Shootout Grades
SI.com's Marty Burns grades each of the players in the All-Star 3-Point Shootout
Ray Allen, Sonics
Grade: B
Stats: First round -- 13 points
Analysis: Owner of the NBA's sweetest stroke, he got off to a slow start, sank only one money ball and failed to reach the final round. Maybe he was saving it up for Sunday's All-Star Game.
Joe Johnson, Suns
Grade: B-
Stats: First round -- 8 points
Analysis: Nice easy stroke, but a little too deliberate en route to disappointing finish. However, like a race car driver, he allowed his Suns teammate Richardson to ride in his draft to victory.
Kyle Korver, 76ers
Grade: B+
Stats: First round -- 14 points; Finals -- 18 points
Analysis: Picked up where he left off in the Rookie Challenge by reaching the final round. But didn't he know the Syracuse Nats played before the advent of the 3-point era?
Voshon Lenard, Nuggets
Grade: A-
Stats: First round -- 17 points; Finals -- 16 points
Analysis: Defending champ couldn't follow Rookie Challenge MVP 'Melo in stealing the show before home crowd. But considering he's been out all year with an injury, not a bad effort.
Vladimir Radmanovic, SuperSonics
Grade: C
Stats: First round -- 6 points
Analysis: Looked like he needed a shave, and his shooting (he sank two of his first 19 shots) was equally scruffy. Maybe he needed a big guy running out at him.
Quentin Richardson, Suns
Grade: A
Stats: First round -- 14 points; Finals -- 19 points
Analysis: Sank his last nine shots to edge Korver in the finals and join Steve Nash (skills competition) as Phoenix winners. Even fiancee Brandy, seated courtside, was impressed.

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