Player Review: Kyle Korver

Kyle Korver clutch three pointer defeating Golden State in 2015

 Kyle Korver, entering his fourth season has a member of the Atlanta Hawks entered the season has a question mark. He didn’t know what to expect early in the 2015-16 NBA oseason nor did the organization. Korver underwent two separate surgeries this past off-season which hindered is offseason training regimen. His lack of an off-season showed early and often during the season, with him having his worst three point shooting year percentage wise in seven years taking him back to his Utah Jazz days. 


Kyle Korver against New Orleans

Many look to the 13 year veteran shooting guard as the “x” factor for the Atlanta Hawks, as he goes so does the offense. The Hawks benefit from Korver being able to stretch the floor and get others open by opposing defenders scouting around stopping his three-point attack. When Korver is ineffective, opposing defenders are able to collapse around the other four players on the court for the Hawks; making it difficult to get a good shot off. In games where Korver scored 15 or more points the Hawks were 8-3, another statistic that makes the statement accurate. 

Kyle Korver against the Celtics- Game 2 of the First Round

In each one of those games, Korver had at least three point FG’s. Although this season wasn’t bad overall for Korver, it wasn’t a year that is solid by his standards. During the first round of the NBA playoffs against the Boston Celtics, vintage Kyle Korver showed up early and often. After posting a measly 2 points in Game 1, Korver posted gaudy numbers from the three-point line. Reaching five three pointers twice in back to back games, before ending the series with 24 total threes’ and posting a 45% three-point field goal mark.

Korver couldn’t really get open during the series against the Cleveland Cavaliers with the exception of Game 3 where he knocked down five three-pointers and ended the game with 18 points. On a positive note for Hawks fans, Kyle Korver is one of the hardest working players in the NBA and I fully expect a healthy Korver able to go through his normal off-season regimen. Expect for Korver to have a comeback season and possibly another record setting season for Korver on a team that we are expecting to be much improved in Atlanta next season. However, I do expect Korver’s much improved 2016-2017 season to come off the bench as a possible sixth man. 

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)

Korver will be 36 next year and it’s time for the Atlanta Hawks to add an athletic upgrade at his position allowing him to come off the bench and still provide around 22-25 minutes per game. I think it would benefit the team and Kyle. Korver is still a nightmare for opposing coaches to game plan around which is why I know next year with a 100% Korver, this team will continue their playoff appearance streak and continue making steps as they will look to become one of the elite rosters in  the Eastern Conference. #TrueToAtlanta


 Michael Thomas- @ChosenOne_MT10

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