Opening Tip: Novak, White got a shot?

February, 8, 2013
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Every weekday throughout the season, ESPNNewYork.com will tackle a burning question about the Knicks in our "Opening Tip" segment.

Today's Burning Question: What are Steve Novak and James White's chances of winning their respective All-Star competitions?

During Thursday night's NBA on TNT broadcast Charles Barkley said this about Novak: "He may be the best shooter in the league."

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The numbers don't lie, as the sharpshooter has the third-best 3-point percentage in the NBA (44.4), behind Kyle Korver and Stephen Curry. However, Novak's long-range accuracy is lower around the arc at 41.1 percent. In the baseline corner, it's much higher at 50 percent.

Novak's challengers on Feb. 16 in Houston are Ryan Anderson (Hornets), Matt Bonner (Spurs), Stephen Curry (Warriors), Paul George (Pacers) and Kyrie Irving (Cavaliers).

As for White, many players around the league and fans who've grown up watching his dunking exploits know no one else can take off from beyond the foul line -- and then go through the legs with the ball. The question is: Can White can still get up like that at 30 years old? We'll just have to wait and see.

White, as it turns out, is the oldest dunker in the competition. Eric Bledsoe (Clippers), Jeremy Evans (Jazz), Kenneth Faried (Nuggets), Gerald Green (Pacers) and Terrence Ross (Raptors) round out the other five.

Do you like Novak and White's chances in Houston? Leave us your comments below.

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