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
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1981-03-17) March 17, 1981 (age 33)
Lakewood, California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (201 cm)
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 playing 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 at Creighton University.

Career[edit]

College[edit]

Before going on to be Creighton University's fifth all-time scorer, Korver attended Pella High School in Pella, Iowa, where he later had his jersey retired.[2]

Korver was drafted out of Creighton by the New Jersey Nets in the second round (51st overall) of the 2003 NBA Draft; his draft rights were traded to the Philadelphia 76ers for cash considerations in a draft night deal.[3]

Korver received a degree in Visual Communications from Creighton.[4]

Philadelphia 76ers[edit]

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.[5] Korver had a career high 31 points at Milwaukee on February 24, 2006,[6] duplicated on February 21, 2007 at home against the New York Knicks.[7] 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.[5][8]

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.[9]

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.[10][11] 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.

Atlanta Hawks[edit]

On July 16, 2012, Korver was traded to the Atlanta Hawks for Kirk Hinrich and cash considerations.[12] On July 12, 2013, he re-signed with the Hawks[13] 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).[14][15] The streak ended at 127 games on March 5, 2014.[16]

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. 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.[2][17] 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. His mother Laine once scored 74 points in a high school game.[2][1] Kyle's father, Kevin, is a pastor in Pella, Iowa. Kyle 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.[18][19] Korver found comments about it funny at first, but said it started to get a little old.[19] He conceded there was a little resemblance, but not that much.[19] With regard to the constant comparisons, Korver said the fact that he is much taller than Kutcher "still doesn't stop everybody."[20] 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."[20]

Kyle Korver married Juliet Richardson on August 10, 2011.[21] Their daughter, Kyra Elyse, was born on December 5, 2012.[22] His cousin Kari Korver plays for the UCLA Bruins women's basketball team.[23]

Awards[edit]

NCAA[edit]

  • Missouri Valley Conference career three-pointers record (371)[2]
  • Second Team All-American by Associated Press: 2003[2]
  • 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]
  • Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year: 2002[1]
  • Missouri Valley Conference All-Tournament Team: 2001[1]
  • Missouri Valley Conference All-Conference second team: 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[24]
  • League leader in free throw percentage (91.4%): 2006–07[25]
  • Holds NBA record for highest 3-point shooting percentage in a season at 53.6%: 2009–10[26]
  • Most consecutive games with a three pointer in NBA history (127)[16]

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

Correct as of 2012–13 season

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 785 217 25.2 .437 .423 .878 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
Career 60 9 21.7 .408 .376 .891 1.8 1.2 .5 .3 7.4

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