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DeMar DeRozan says the Three-Point Contest is the pinnacle of All-Star Saturday Night

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The NBA continues to change and develop as time goes on. Over the past 20 years, the league has seen a drastic shift both on and off the court. 

One of the biggest alternations has been the shift from a big, strong style of play to a small-ball approach - encapsulated by the Golden State Warrior's dominance in the past 18 months. 

Three-point shooting has gone from somewhat of a circus shot to an important part of a team's arsenal. That shift in style has also seen a change in dynamics at All-Star weekend. 

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Historically, the Slam Dunk contest has dominated All-Star Saturday. However, in recent years, the three-point contest has reached a level of competition previously seen in the aforementioned challenge. 

Gone are days of superstars such as Michael Jordan competing in the Dunk Contest. Instead, today's biggest names are fighting for the title of three-point king. 

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Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, James Harden and Kyle Lowry are among the players competing for the range shooting crown while the dunk contest is made up of relatively young players.

Andre Drummond is, of course, an All-Star, but Zach LaVine, Aaron Gordon and Will Barton have a combined experience of nine years in the league. That is not to say they can't excite fans. 

But Toronto Raptors shooting guard DeMar DeRozan - a two-time Dunk Contest participant - is under no illusion the three-point contest is now the pinnacle of All-Star Saturday.  

 He said: "Look at the all the shooters that are in it [the three-point contest]. They can do some incredible things when it comes to that three-point line and the excitement of that is crazy.

"You have got to respect them. The game has evolved so much that that is where it kind of is now."

DeMar DeRozan #10 of the Toronto Raptors

Having competed in the 2010 and 2011 Dunk Contests, DeRozan gave his thoughts on why the Dunk Contest is no longer attracting the biggest names. 

"I'm not sure. I can only speak for myself," he said. "We play so many minutes in the league, it gets tough when you have got to go out there and do dunks early on and it gets a lot harder."

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