"Who's coming in second?"
As Craig Hodges remembers it, those were the words that kicked off what became one of the signature events in the NBA's annual All-Star Weekend in 1986. Two years after the NBA's version of the Slam Dunk Contest debuted in Denver (where the ABA pioneered the event in 1976), the top three-point marksmen in the game convened at Reunion Arena in Dallas.
In the midst of winning three straight NBA MVP Awards, Larry Bird arrived at All-Star Weekend with his signature swagger and then some, as Hodges recalled to ESPN in 2010.
"All of a sudden, he says, 'Man, who's comin' in second?'"
In filling out the remainder of this bracket of NBA marksmen to compete in this mythic all-time three-point shootout, the more apt question might be "Who's coming in third?"
Joining Hodges and Bird are two-time winners Mark Price, Peja Stojakovic, Jeff Hornacek and Jason Kopono. Rounding out the field are a pair of the other purer shooters to hoist the money ball.
Who will win it all?