Kyle Korver

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Kyle Korver
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Kyle Korver being defended by Reggie Evans, during his tenure with the Philadelphia 76ers.
No. 26 – Atlanta Hawks
Position Small forward / Shooting guard / Power forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1981-03-17) March 17, 1981 (age 33)
Orange County, California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 212 lb (96 kg)
Career information
High school Pella (Pella, Iowa)
College Creighton (1999–2003)
NBA draft 2003 / Round: 2 / Pick: 51st overall
Selected by the New Jersey Nets
Pro career 2003–present
Career history
20032007 Philadelphia 76ers
20072010 Utah Jazz
20102012 Chicago Bulls
2012–present Atlanta Hawks
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Kyle Elliot Korver[1] (born March 17, 1981) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He previously played for the Philadelphia 76ers, Utah Jazz and Chicago Bulls. He played college basketball for Creighton University. He has an NBA record for most consecutive games with a made three-pointer with 127.

College career[edit]

In his freshman season at Creighton, Korver was named to the MVC All-Bench team, All-Freshman team and All-Newcomer team while averaging 8.8 points per game. He came off the bench in all but one game, hitting 43.4 percent of his three-pointers and 89.5 percent at the charity stripe.[2]

In his sophomore season, he earned All-MVC second team honors while leading the league champion Jays with 14.6 points per game and hitting a then-record 100 three-pointers while ranking 12th nationally with 45.2 three-point percentage. He was also named to the MVC All-Tournament team.[2]

In his junior season, he led Creighton in scoring (15.1), rebounding (5.5), assists (3.3) and steals (1.6) while earning MVC Player of the Year and honorable mention All-America honors. He ranked 12th nationally in free throw percentage (89.0) and 41st in three-point percentage (42.9) while leading the Jays to MVC regular season and Tournament titles.[2]

In his senior season, he again earned MVC Player of the Year and All-MVC first team honors. He was also a consensus All-American, and earned second team honors from the Associated Press, ESPN.com and the USBWA. He was named National Midseason Player of the Year by Dick Vitale and a finalist for the Wooden, Naismith and Oscar Robertson National Player of the Year Awards. One of the greatest shooters in NCAA history, he owns the Creighton and MVC record with 371 career three-pointers, which is tied for sixth in NCAA history. Also ranks 14th in NCAA history with 45.3% accuracy and tops among players 6-7 or taller all-time. As a senior, he was a unanimous choice as collegeinsider.com as Mid-Major National Player of the Year. Set Creighton single-season records for three-pointers made (129), three-point accuracy (.480) and free throw accuracy (.908) while also leading team in scoring (17.8), rebounding (6.4) and steals (1.5).[2][3]

Korver finished his Creighton career fourth all-time in scoring (1,801), first in three-pointers made (371), first in three-point attempts (819), first in three-point accuracy (45.3), first in free throw accuracy (89.1), eighth in assists (294), ninth in blocked shots (58) and fourth in steals (172).[2] He received a degree in Visual Communications from Creighton.[4]

Professional career[edit]

Philadelphia 76ers[edit]

Korver was selected with the 51st overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft by the New Jersey Nets. His draft rights were later traded to the Philadelphia 76ers for cash considerations in a draft night deal.[5]

Korver competed in both the 2004 and 2005 Foot Locker Three-Point Shootouts, coming in third and second in those contests respectively. In the 2004–05 season, Korver tied for first place in the league in three-pointers made with Quentin Richardson who both had 226, also a 76ers franchise record.[6] Korver had a career high 31 points at Milwaukee on February 24, 2006,[7] duplicated on February 21, 2007 at home against the New York Knicks.[8] He notably drained a game-tying buzzer-beater against the Boston Celtics on January 12, 2006, sending the game into triple overtime which the 76ers would eventually win.

Utah Jazz[edit]

On December 26, 2007, Korver was traded by the Philadelphia 76ers to the Utah Jazz in exchange for Gordan Giriček and a future first-round draft pick.[6][9]

Korver spent two and a half seasons in Utah, mostly coming off the bench as the team's long-range shooting specialist. In his last season with the Jazz (2009–10), he made 53.6 percent of his three-point attempts, setting a new NBA record for highest three-point percentage in a single season.[10]

Chicago Bulls[edit]

Korver warms up before a 2011 playoff game.

On July 13, 2010, Korver signed as a free agent with the Chicago Bulls.[11][12] Bulls' announcer Stacey King commonly yelled "Give me the hot sauce!" when Korver hit an important three point field goal. Korver continued to come off the bench, becoming a key member of the Bulls' "Bench Mob"—a strong group of reserve players whose ability to step up became crucial to the team's success.

Korver, one of 16 finalists for Team USA, at the 2014 World Basketball Festival

During his first season with the Bulls, Korver played all 82 games, averaging 8.3 points in 20 minutes per game. His highest scoring game during that season was in November 24, 2010, when he scored 24 points against the Phoenix Suns. In his second season with the team, Korver averaged 8.1 points from the bench. However, his best game was in March 10, 2012, when he started against the Utah Jazz, and scored 26 points. Both years, Korver had a field goal percentage of 43%

Atlanta Hawks[edit]

On July 16, 2012, Korver was traded to the Atlanta Hawks for Kirk Hinrich and cash considerations.[13] On July 12, 2013, he re-signed with the Hawks[14] to a reported four-year, $24 million deal. In a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on December 6, 2013, Korver passed the record for consecutive games with a made three pointer (90) originally set by Dana Barros (89).[15][16] The streak ended at 127 games on March 5, 2014.[17]

Personal[edit]

Korver was born in Lakewood, California, the oldest of four. He grew up in the Los Angeles area, and was a Los Angeles Lakers fan as a child. Watching Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and the Showtime Lakers instilled a love of basketball in Korver that made him want to pursue it himself.[18] He moved with his family to Iowa in 1993 and graduated from Pella High School.

Off the court, Korver held a coat-drive while with the 76ers, where he collected and donated coats to Operation Warm.[3][19] He has participated in the NBA's Basketball Without Borders outreach program in Africa, China, Brazil, and India.

Korver has three brothers, Kirk, Kaleb, and Klayton, all of whom have played Division I basketball. Klayton was a guard/forward for the Drake Bulldogs while Kaleb was a guard for the Creighton Bluejays. Kirk plays forward at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.[18] His mother Laine once scored 74 points in a high school game.[1][3] Kyle's father, Kevin, is a pastor in Pella, Iowa. He notes childhood idols as, Michael Jordan, Julius Erving, and Dan Roytman. He is the nephew of Kris Korver, the head basketball coach at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa.[18] He also has a passion for playing golf. While with the Utah Jazz, he frequently golfed with many teammates around the Salt Lake Valley, including Deron Williams.

It has been widely publicized that Korver bears a resemblance to television and film actor Ashton Kutcher, who also is from Iowa.[20][21] Korver found comments about it funny at first, but said it started to get a little old.[21] He conceded there was a little resemblance, but not that much.[21] With regard to the constant comparisons, Korver said the fact that he is much taller than Kutcher "still doesn't stop everybody."[22] In one anecdote, he recounts that in an incident at a party he attended "people kept staring at me and I had to tell them that I wasn't Ashton."[22]

Kyle Korver married Juliet Richardson on August 10, 2011.[23] Their daughter, Kyra Elyse, was born on December 5, 2012.[24] His cousin Kari Korver plays for the UCLA Bruins women's basketball team.[25]

Awards[edit]

NCAA[edit]

  • Consensus Second Team All-American: 2003
  • Guardians Classic Omaha Regional MVP: 2003
  • Guardians Classic all-Tournament Team: 2003
  • Guardians Classic Tournament MVP: 2003
  • First Team All-Missouri Valley Conference: 2003
  • ESPN.com Second Team All-American: 2003
  • Foxsports.com Fourth Team All-American: 2003
  • Dick Vitale Third Team All-American: 2003
  • Collegeinsider.com Mid-Major Player of the Year: 2003
  • Collegeinsider.com Mid-Major All-American: 2003
  • Missouri Valley Conference Single Season Three Pointers Record (123): 2003
  • Missouri Valley Conference career three-pointers record (371)[3]
  • Second Team All-American by Associated Press: 2003[3]
  • Missouri Valley Conference MVP: 2003[1]
  • Missouri Valley Conference Tournament MVP: 2003[1]
  • National Midseason Player of the Year by Dick Vitale: 2003[1]
  • Honorable Mention All-American by Associated Press: 2002[1]
  • First Team All-Missouri Valley Conference: 2002
  • collegeinsider.com Mid-Major All-America Team: 2002
  • collegeinsider.com Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year: 2002
  • NABC/Pontiac all-District 12 Second Team: 2002
  • Basketball America Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year: 2002
  • Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year: 2002[1]
  • Missouri Valley Conference Tournament MVP: 2002
  • Missouri Valley Conference All-Tournament Team: 2001[1]
  • Second Team All-Missouri Valley Conference: 2001[1]
  • Missouri Valley Conference All-Newcomer team: 2000[1]
  • Missouri Valley Conference All-Freshman team: 2000[1]
  • Missouri Valley Conference All-Bench team: 2000[1]

NBA[edit]

  • League leader in three-point field goals made (226)-tied: 2004–05[26]
  • League leader in free throw percentage (91.4%): 2006–07[27]
  • Holds NBA record for highest 3-point shooting percentage in a season at 53.6%: 2009–10[28]
  • Most consecutive games with a three pointer in NBA history (127)[17]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Led the league
NBA record and led league

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2003–04 Philadelphia 74 0 11.9 .352 .391 .792 1.5 .5 .3 .1 4.5
2004–05 Philadelphia 82 57 32.5 .418 .405 .854 4.6 2.2 1.3 .4 11.5
2005–06 Philadelphia 82 43 31.3 .430 .420 .849 3.3 2.0 .8 .3 11.5
2006–07 Philadelphia 74 1 30.9 .440 .430 .914 3.5 1.4 .8 .3 14.4
2007–08 Philadelphia 25 0 26.3 .396 .352 .912 2.9 1.3 .8 .2 10.0
2007–08 Utah 50 0 21.5 .474 .388 .917 2.0 1.4 .4 .5 9.8
2008–09 Utah 78 2 24.0 .438 .386 .882 3.3 1.8 .6 .4 9.0
2009–10 Utah 52 0 18.3 .493 .536 .796 2.1 1.7 .5 .2 7.2
2010–11 Chicago 82 0 20.1 .434 .415 .885 1.8 1.5 .4 .2 8.3
2011–12 Chicago 65 7 22.6 .432 .435 .833 2.4 1.7 .6 .2 8.1
2012–13 Atlanta 74 60 30.5 .461 .457 .859 4.0 2.0 .9 .5 10.9
2013–14 Atlanta 71 71 33.9 .475 .472 .926 4.0 2.9 1.0 .3 12.0
Career 809 241 25.6 .438 .425 .880 3.0 1.7 .7 .3 9.8

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2005 Philadelphia 5 5 29.4 .286 .292 1.000 2.6 1.6 .8 .2 5.0
2008 Utah 12 0 21.6 .411 .289 .920 2.2 .6 .3 .7 7.8
2009 Utah 5 2 27.2 .391 .462 .714 2.2 2.6 .6 .2 10.6
2010 Utah 10 0 21.0 .525 .478 .889 1.1 1.3 .5 .0 8.3
2011 Chicago 16 0 17.4 .388 .423 1.000 1.2 1.1 .5 .2 6.6
2012 Chicago 6 0 15.7 .409 .308 .500 1.7 1.5 .5 .5 3.8
2013 Atlanta 6 2 29.5 .388 .353 .917 3.3 .7 .3 .7 10.2
2014 Atlanta 7 7 35.17 .455 .426 .917 5.3 .7 .6 .3 13.4
Career 67 16 23.1 .415 .386 .895 2.2 1.1 .5 .3 8.0

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Prospect Profile: Kyle Korver
  2. ^ a b c d e "#25 Kyle Korver". GoCreighton.com. Retrieved August 26, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Kyle Korver Stats, Video, Bio, Profile
  4. ^ Service projects net result of Kyle Korver T-shirt sales
  5. ^ Nets Sold Kyle Korver’s Draft Rights to Buy a Copy Machine in 2003
  6. ^ a b Sixers Trade Korver to Jazz for Giricek, Future First-Rounder
  7. ^ Korver's 31 Points Lifts 76ers Over Bucks
  8. ^ Gelston, Dan (2007-02-21). "Korver Lights Up to Propel Sixers Past Knicks". NBA.com. Retrieved 2007-04-09. 
  9. ^ Sixers send Korver to Utah in Giricek swap
  10. ^ Deseret News, April 15, 2010
  11. ^ Korver's clutch shot cools Heat First-Rounder
  12. ^ Sharpshooter Korver emerges as clutch performer
  13. ^ HAWKS ACQUIRE KYLE KORVER FROM THE BULLS
  14. ^ ATLANTA HAWKS SIGN KYLE KORVER TO NEW CONTRACT
  15. ^ Notebook: Hawks 108, Cavaliers 89
  16. ^ "Korver sets 3-point mark, Hawks beat Cavs 108-89". espn.com. December 6, 2013. Retrieved December 9, 2013. 
  17. ^ a b Trail Blazers 102, Atlanta Hawks 78: Beyond the box score
  18. ^ a b c Vivlamore, Chris (February 14, 2013). "Kyle Korver: The making of a sharp-shooter". Atlanta Journal Constitution. Retrieved April 29, 2014. 
  19. ^ 76ers Drive For Kids
  20. ^ Kyle Korver Found Stardom Without Much Pressure From Parents[dead link]
  21. ^ a b c Kyle Korver Chat Transcript
  22. ^ a b Separated At Birth?
  23. ^ "Kyle Korver and Juliet Richardson - WeddingChannel Profile". Retrieved 2011-10-19. 
  24. ^ Hawks’ Kyle Korver Welcomes Baby Girl
  25. ^ UCLA’s Kari Korver To Miss Basketball Season
  26. ^ NBA 3-Point Shooting: Total 3-Point FG Made (2004–2005 season)
  27. ^ NBA Free-Throw Shooting Percentage (2006–2007 season)
  28. ^ Utah Jazz: Kyle Korver sets NBA record for 3-point accuracy

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