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Orlando Magic forward Ryan Anderson will compete in the Three-Point Shootout at All-Star Weekend 2012, reports Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel. Anderson told reporters before Friday's game against the Atlanta Hawks he had accepted an invitation to compete in the annual shooting contest.
Anderson leads the NBA in three-pointers made (74) and attempted (172) while ranking 25th among qualified players in percentage (43 percent) through Thursday. The NBA has yet to formally announce the field for the Three-Point Shootout, though Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love has also indicated to reporters he will compete. Love has shot 42-of-111 (37.8 percent) on triples during the 2011/12 season.
Anderson becomes the second Magic power forward to compete in the Three-Point Shootout since Stan Van Gundy took over the team's head-coaching duties in 2007. Rashard Lewis placed 2nd in the 2009 Three-Point Shootout, falling to Daequan Cook, then of the Miami Heat, in the final round.
The 2012 Three-Point Shootout is set for All-Star Saturday Night, which is February 25th, at Amway Center. Perhaps home-court advantage will prove advantageous for Anderson, who's converted 39.6 percent of his three-point attempts at Amway Center since Orlando's new facility opened in 2010.