SAN ANTONIO -- Matt Bonner was an unlikely choice for the upcoming 2013 NBA All-Star Three-Point Shootout -- that was until a few indie rock bands and NBA fans demanded to #LetBonnerShoot.
There's no telling if the Twitter hashtag or an online petition will carry any weight in adding the 6-foot-10-inch shooter to the lineup, but supporters certainly make a strong case.
Bonner -- also known as The Red Rocket -- is among the top 3-point shooters in the league, averaging a whopping .417 in his career. And he's on track for one of his best shooting season yet:
- 2012-13: 0.421
- 2011-12: 0.420
- 2010-11: 0.457
That's pretty dang good compared to some of the other basketballers known for their spot-on shooting from behind the 3-point line. He's definitely more proven than last year's contest winner, Kevin Love. Take a look at these career stats as of Feb. 8, 2013. (source: NBA.com):
- Danny Green - 0.418
- Matt Bonner - 0.415
- Ray Allen - 0.401
- Ryan Anderson - 0.379
- Kevin Martin - 0.384
- OJ Mayo - 0.383
- Dirk Nowitzki - 0.379
- Kevin Durant - 0.371
- JR Smith - 0.366
- Paul George - 0.367
- Kevin Love - 0.352
- Jamal Crawford - 0.349
The #LetBonnerShoot campaign gained some serious momentum by indie rock bands War on Drugs and -- Bonner's favorite -- Arcade Fire. On Tuesday, Luke Bonner made a case for his big brother on NBA TV.
So why shouldn't Bonner be allowed to shoot? Tony Parker told KENS 5 that it's "messed up" if his teammate isn't invited to the Feb. 16 shootout.
"I saw him in practice going 15 for 15," he said. "I think he'll win it. He's a machine."
Here's a look at some of that Red Rocket magic:
And a look at last year's Three-Point Shootout winner: