Thank You, Kyle Korver

Kyle Korver officially became a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers on January 6th, yet the surreal feeling has yet to subside. Korver was not having a banner year so far, this NBA season, however what he meant to the team on and off the court overshadowed his struggles. This season in Atlanta, Korver averaged (10) points per game while shooting (41%) both of those numbers went up exponentially in the final month of 2016. 
It wasn’t a coincidence that Korver’s recent success correlated with the Hawks getting extremely hot and climbing only 2.5 games out of third place in the Eastern Conference prior to his trade. Since his trade, the Hawks success continued and they are now 28-20 and two games out of second place in the Eastern Conference.




On July 16, 2012, the Atlanta Hawks and Former General Manager Danny Ferry acquired Kyle Korver from the Chicago Bulls for a trade exception and cash. In Korver’s first season in Atlanta, he averaged (11) points per game and shot (46%) from the field as well as the three-point line. The biggest contribution that Kyle brought to Atlanta was his lethal three-point shooting that instantly made the Hawks a dangerous team on a nightly basis. Arguably Korver’s best season in Atlanta took place in the 2014-2015 campaign where Atlanta earned the number one seed and advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals. 



During the 60-win campaign, Korver shot (49%) from the three-point line and nearly completed a rare feat of shooting (50%) from the field, (50%) from the three-point line, and (90%) from the charity stripe. During that record season, he also received two career gratifying achievements; in January of 2015 Korver along with every Hawks starter (Jeff Teague, Demarre Carroll, Paul Millsap, Al Horford) were all selected as The NBA’s player of the month. Korver was also selected to his very first All-Star appearance in what was his 12th NBA season. In his career with the Hawks, Korver had his best game of his career on December 18th 2013 at home in a win against the Sacramento Kings. He shot 10-15 from the field and posted a staggering 8/10 from the three-point line. 
Korver finished with 28 points, a feat he would reach three other times during his tenure for the Hawks. Kyle Korver’s impact in Atlanta  can’t be duplicated, he was a huge fan favorite and someone that inspired his teammates and fans. Several Hawks players and fans alike were very shocked by the trade and none voiced their opinions more than All-Star Paul Millsap and Kent Bazemore.

Following from Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 



“It’s tough,” said Paul Millsap, who played with Korver in Utah. Kyle was a big reason why I am here. To see him not in the locker room, it’s personally tough for me. 
“Kyle means so much to this team, to this organization, so much to our community. To see him go, it will be felt. His presence in the locker room, his presence in the community, it will be felt. It’s tough to see him go.”



“This business man,” Bazemore said. “It’s cutthroat and it doesn’t really care about personal relationships or the impact people have in your life.“Kyle is one of the most amazing people you’ll ever meet, the most amazing teammate you’ll ever meet. Always positive. He’s just a professional the way he approaches the game. Just that aspect alone, I learned a lot from him. How to take care of your body. Faith-based man. 

Loves his family. Checks all the boxes. He’s one of those people that you need around you on a daily basis to keep you on the straight and narrow. When I first proposed to my now fiancée, we had long talks about that and kids, treating them right, how to be a good husband and father. Those are the conversations that you can’t put on the stat sheet. He’s just an amazing person.”

            


Those are just a few of many statements from now former teammates of Korver’s; Kyle was amazing his time in Atlanta and he will be missed. I personally know he will do great things the rest of his career and in life. Thank You Kyle Korver, for everything.

Michael Thomas– @ChosenOne_MT10

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