Where’s Waldo?? Kyle Korver’s Surprising Slump

Kyle Korver last season against Miami 
When a team is winning, a key player struggling can be camouflaged, however the moment a team plays below the expectations such at the Atlanta Hawks set last season, the less than solid performance of the players will make fans feel they should be playing better and that’s when things grow frustrating.  Enter Kyle Korver. Realistically, Kyle Korver is not a “super star” however, he’s one of the all time greatest three point shooters we’ve seen in the NBA. In addition, Korver is a even better teammate and all around person to have in your organization.

Kyle Korver three pointer against Golden State last season

Kyle Korver, the 14th year 6’7 shooting guard out of Creighton is not having a horrible year when compared to other shooting guards; however, his trademark consistency which includes his clutch three point shooting is missing this season. Personally, I attribute that to the abnormal offseason he had to handle. Korver could not finish the series in the Eastern Conference Finals last year against the Cleveland Cavaliers after suffering an injury on what some will call a freak play by Cavs guard Matthew Dellavadova. 

Atlanta Hawks guard Kyle Korver (26) walks off the court after being injured against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals of the NBA basketball playoffs, Friday, May 22, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman) 

Unfortunately, knowing the dirty reputation of Dellavadova, it was questioned as intentional. Kyle Korver decided to get both off-season surgeries at the same time and due to the surgeries, his rigorous off-season training program that Korver goes through every year were delayed so that really affected him so far this season. 

NEW ORLEANS, LA – NOVEMBER 6: Kyle Korver #26 of the Atlanta Hawks shoots the ball against the New Orleans Pelicans on November 6, 2015 at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)

Due to Korver’s ineffective play this season, Atlanta has struggled to beat some of the teams that they were successfully against last year. On the season, he’s shooting 42% from the field, 37% from behind the arc, and only 86% at the free throw line. Although this sounds like a solid year, this former All-Star is having a down year considering just a season ago, when he was on pace to be the first NBA player to shoot 50% in field goal and three point percentage as well as 90% from the free throw line. 

Kyle Korver three pointer against the Pelicans this season

For Hawks fans concerned with Korver’s down year, there’s something to look forward to with the veteran shooting guard. In his last five games, Korver’s shooting 44% from downtown. In last night’s 85-83 loss against the Clippers, Korver posted one of his best games of the season with 14 points, which we went 4-4 from behind the arc, three assists, three rebounds and a block. Of course that’s not up to normal standards, but as the Hawks approach the All Star Break and prepare for another playoff run , nothing would make Hawks fans happier than to see Kyle Korver heating up down the stretch. 


 Michael Thomas- @ChosenOne_MT10

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