The 2015 NBA (D-League) All-Star Weekend is less than a week away, meaning the reveal of this season's respective contest participants is right around the corner.
With that in mind, here's a look at six of the more deserving sharpshooters from around the league who could certainly turn some heads and make the Three-Point Contest an exciting one, if given the opportunity.
Seth Curry, Erie BayHawks
This suggestion here is an easy one. Curry is currently leading the league, shooting 48% from deep, all the while jockeying for the overall league lead in points (mostly with Jordan Hamilton) this season as well. Needless to say, he can make it rain and pour in the points with ease. If that weren't enough, not only is Curry already headed to New York City as an All-Star, but older brother Stephen Curry is participating in the NBA's related contest, too.
David Wear, Reno Bighorns
As a key component of the Reno Bighorns' ever so unique offensive system, Wear leads the team's wide-ranging group of flame-throwers with a 41% mark from behind the arc. Averaging just a shade under 17 points, to go along with 6.9 rebounds, Wear was widely expected to make the Kings' roster last fall before ending up in Reno. He's the twin brother of Knicks' forward Travis Wear.
Shane Gibson, Idaho Stampede
Despite the Stampede's evident struggles this season, Gibson has quietly (but yet, ever so steadily) risen up as arguably the best overall shooter in all of the D-League. The guard is shooting 48% from the field, 43% from deep, and 97% from the charity stripe, giving him a legitimate shot at accomplishing the ever impressive 50/40/90 feat by season's end. His percentage from beyond the arc stands as the ninth best in the D-League, but perhaps even more impressive is the fact that he's shot more three-point field goal attempts than any player in the league's top thirty sharpshooters (and he still ranks that highly).
Bryce Cotton, Austin Spurs
Ranked just behind Gibson at tenth overall in the league is Cotton, the D-League All-Star who has turned heads all season long, all the while rising up as an ever impressive scorer and leading Austin atop of their respective division. As he proved at the Showcase last month, Cotton can score the basketball in an array of different beautiful ways. Draining the long ball (43% rounded up --- he's just .01 of a percentage point behind Gibson) is simply one of them.
Jaron Johnson, Rio Grande Valley Vipers
Before "The System" was implemented in Reno, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers were recognized as the D-League's (sole) resident running-and-gunning squad. Despite the Bighorns' emergence, RGV has continued to play the type of uptempo style that consistently keeps respective opponents on their toes for a full forty-eight minutes. Johnson has been leading the charge this season with a 43.4% mark from downtown, not only good for the team-lead, but also seventh overall in the league.
David Stockton, Reno Bighorns
It'd be a popular move for the D-League to place two members of the Bighorns in this contest, simply for good measure. The team's eye-popping and exciting play, along with their identity, warrants that type of consideration. Perhaps with that in mind, Stockton would be a good choice to join Wear and co. at the Barclays Center. The son of NBA Hall of Famer John Stockton is shooting 38% from deep en route to averaging 16.9 points to go along with 8.5 assists per contest.