On Thursday, ESPN, the NBA and NBPA announced that Zach LaVine, Trae Young and Chris Paul are among the players who will participate in the first-ever NBA HORSE Challenge.
Joining them will be Chauncey Billups, Tamika Catchings, Mike Conley Jr., Paul Pierce and Allie Quigley. They will each match shots against one another in a single-elimination HORSE competition from their respective, isolated home courts.
The quarterfinals begin on Sunday, April 12, followed by the semifinals and championship game on Thursday, April 16.
Now that we know who is participating in the competition, let's take a look at some of the best HORSE shots that we've seen so far this NBA season.
According to Basketball Reference, Detroit Pistons guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk holds the record for the longest shot made this season, a 61-footer to beat the buzzer.
SVI FROM DEEP TO END Q3! 🚨@DetroitPistons 95@celtics 82- NBA (@NBA) January 16, 2020
📱💻: https://t.co/lZZApswzuX pic.twitter.com/ctiYDOqxRg
There's a little more skill and a little less luck involved in these ones.
🎥LOGO LEBRON🔥 #NBA #NBAjp #LakeShaw@KingJames @Lakers pic.twitter.com/uRMgqyN0OJ- NBA Japan (@NBAJPN) March 4, 2020
Behind the backboard
A classic HORSE shot.
Who did it better: Trae Young...
Trae Young from behind the backboard! pic.twitter.com/tydNipPBwg- NBA (@NBA) February 2, 2020
PAUL GEORGE! HOW?! 🤯#ClipperNation pic.twitter.com/w75fc0uWGB- NBA TV (@NBATV) January 5, 2020
...or Kyrie Irving?
KYRIE HOW 🤯 pic.twitter.com/beryoN8oQt- Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) January 26, 2020
Off the backboard
Call it the Tracy McGrady.
Aaron Gordon off the backboard TO HIMSELF 💥 pic.twitter.com/KwJwNB7WRV- NBA UK (@NBAUK) January 16, 2020
TBD on whether or not dunking is allowed, though.
Joel Embiid practices these shots apparently.
EMBIID WITH THE NO-LOOK SHOT AND SHIMMY 🤭- SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 11, 2019
In honour of Kobe Bryant, who somehow made a left-handed turnaround jumper in a game once.
One of the signature shots in NBA history.
Dirk Nowitzki did it multiple times per game, but it's a difficult enough shot to qualify for this list.
Another day, another Jokic Game-Winner 🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/4UqfSDTz1L- NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) November 10, 2019
"I got fouled!"
Who better than Kyle Lowry to illustrate this?
Extra points if it's in the form of a jump shot as opposed to a layup.
Jeremy Lamb just went 360 😳 pic.twitter.com/cr2AkNl1Lg- Dime (@DimeUPROXX) November 6, 2019
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