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Phoenix Suns rookie Devin Booker to compete for 3-point title against NBA stars Saturday

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 Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) shoots over Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley on Feb. 4 in Phoenix.
RICK SCUTERI/ASSOCIATED PRESS Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) shoots over Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley on Feb. 4 in Phoenix. AP

Devin Booker's busy NBA All-Star Weekend continues Saturday night in Toronto.

Booker will participate in the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Air Canada Centre, home of the Toronto Raptors. The event will be televised by TNT.

A night after playing in the NBA's Rising Stars Challenge, Booker will look to prove himself as a top outside shooter against a star-studded group of the league's best when it comes to the 3-point shot.

He will be joined in the event by defending champion, Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry.

Also taking part are James Harden of Houston, Golden State's Klay Thompson, Khris Middleton of Milwaukee, Toronto's Kyle Lowry and J.J. Redick of the L.A. Clippers.

Miami Heat big man Chris Bosh dropped out of the 3-point contest and Sunday night's NBA All-Star Game on Friday.

The 6-foot-6 Booker does have some experience in 3-point contests, winning the Elite 24 contest while he was at Moss Point High School.

Shooting in a 3-point contest is very different than in game action.

"Shooting off the rack, that's the number one key," Booker told NBA.com. "That's a whole different skill. You can be an elite shooter but that might not translate into a contest. In a game you might have to catch-and-shoot, or shoot off the dribble, but shooting off a rack is whole different thing."

Curry nailed 13 shots in a row and finished with 27 points to edge Cleveland's Kyrie Irving in the championship round a year ago to walk off with the 3-point contest title.

The night starts with the Skills Challenge at 7 p.m. and the 3-point contest will follow. The Verizon Slam Dunk Contest will wrap up the evening as the third event.

Booker leads all NBA rookies in 3-point shooting with a percentage of 40.3. He is averaging 10.6 points and 2.2 points a game this season.

Booker has shown that he can make the outside shot just like he did at Kentucky and Moss Point.

"It's an elite skill that translates right away," Booker told NBA.com. "If you can shoot in college, you can make shots in the NBA. That has made it all a little bit easier.

"It's harder on the defensive end -- like, knowing the tendencies of players you have to defend. But that will come with time, and looking at the film until you learn those tendencies."

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