C.J. McCollum to replace Bosh in Three-Point Contest

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Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard C.J. McCollum will replace Miami Heat power forward Chris Bosh in the Three-Point Contest at All-Star weekend.

Bosh has withdrawn from the contest due to a right calf strain.

McCollum is a strong candidate for this season's Most Improved Player Award, averaging 20.7 points, 4.2 assists, 3.6 rebounds, and 1.2 steals after spending his first two seasons in the league as a backup.

More importantly, he is shooting 39.2 percent from beyond the arc.

The 24-year old will join Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors, Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors, Khris Middleton of the Milwaukee Bucks, J.J. Redick of the Los Angeles Clippers, Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns, and James Harden of the Houston Rockets as the eighth competitor in the contest.