Kyle Korver

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Kyle Korver
Korver croppd.jpg
Korver (left) 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 (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 played college basketball for Creighton University and was drafted with the 51st pick in the 2003 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers. Korver holds the NBA record for most consecutive games with a made three-pointer with 127. He also holds the NBA record for highest three-point field goal percentage in a season with 53.6%.

College career[edit]

As a freshman at Creighton, Korver was named to the MVC All-Bench, All-Freshman and All-Newcomer teams after he averaged 8.8 points per game while hitting 43.4 percent from three-point range and 89.5 percent at the free-throw line.[2]

As a sophomore, Korver earned All-MVC second team honors while leading the conference tournament champion Bluejays with 14.6 points per game. He was also named to the MVC All-Tournament team.[2]

As a junior, Korver led the Bluejays to both the Missouri Valley Conference regular season and conference tournament championships. He was then named MVC Player of the Year and an honorable mention All-American.[2]

As a senior, Korver again earned MVC Player of the Year and first team All-MVC honors. He was also a consensus second-team All-American and a finalist for the Wooden, Naismith, and Oscar Robertson awards.

Korver finished his career at Creighton fourth all-time in scoring (1,801) and first in three-pointers made (371), three-point percentage (45.3), and free-throw percentage (89.1).[2] His 371 career made three-pointers is a MVC record and tied for sixth most in NCAA history. Korver also holds Creighton single-season records for three-pointers made (129), three-point percentage (.480), and free-throw percentage (.908).[2][3]

Korver graduated with a bachelor's degree in Visual Communications.[4]

College statistics[edit]

Season Team G MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK FG% 3P% FT% TO
1999–00 Creighton Bluejays 33 18.2 8.8 3.1 1.0 0.6 0.2 .475 .434 .895 1.3
2000–01 Creighton Bluejays 32 29.4 14.6 5.8 2.0 1.8 0.4 .470 .452 .867 1.8
2001–02 Creighton Bluejays 29 31.6 15.1 5.5 3.3 1.6 0.7 .478 .429 .890 2.2
2002–03 Creighton Bluejays 34 31.8 17.8 6.4 3.1 1.5 0.7 .468 .480 .908 2.0
Totals 128 27.7 14.1 5.2 2.3 1.3 0.5 .472 .453 .891 1.8

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 traded later that night to the Philadelphia 76ers for cash considerations.[5] Korver finished his rookie season averaging 4.1 points in 11.9 minutes per game.

Korver finished the 2004–05 season tied for the NBA league leader in three-pointers made with 226, which is also a 76ers franchise record.[6] He had a career-high 31 points against the Milwaukee Bucks on February 24, 2006,[7] and duplicated that performance on February 21, 2007 at home against the New York Knicks.[8]

Korver averaged a career-high 14.4 points per game for the 2006–07 season. He also led the NBA in free-throw percentage after he shot 91.4 percent on the season.

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 sixth man. In his last season with the Jazz (2009–10), Korver made 53.6 percent of his three-point attempts, setting a new NBA record for highest three-point percentage in a regular 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] Korver went on to average 8.3 points in 20.1 minutes per game. His highest scoring game was on November 24, 2010, when he scored 24 points against the Phoenix Suns. The Bulls finished with the number one seed in the NBA and advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals where they lost to the Miami Heat 4-1. The next season, Korver averaged 8.1 points. On March 10, 2012, against Utah Jazz, he scored a season-high 26 points.

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 four-year, $24 million deal. On December 18, 2013, in the Hawks' 124-107 win over the Sacramento Kings, Korver scored a season-high 28 points on 10-15 shooting, including 8-10 from three-point range. On December 6, 2013, Korver passed the NBA record for most consecutive games with a made three-pointer (90) originally set by Dana Barros (89).[15][16] The streak eventually ended at 127 games on March 5, 2014.[17] Korver finished the 2013–14 season with a 47.2 percent three-point shooting percentage which led the NBA.

On December 15, 2014, Korver passed Jason Richardson for 15th all-time in three-pointers made.[18] Five days later, in the Hawks' 104-97 win over the Houston Rockets, Korver scored a game-high 22 points and made all four of his free-throws attempts. This gave him 49 consecutive made free-throws on the season to set a new Hawks franchise record.[19] The streak ended at 50 in the Hawks' next game against the Dallas Mavericks.

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 NBA
NBA record

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 35.1 .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

Awards, honors, and records[edit]

Korver at the 2014 World Basketball Festival

NBA[edit]

  • NBA record for highest three-point shooting percentage in a regular season (53.6%)[20]
  • NBA record for most consecutive games with a made three-pointer (127)[17]
  • 2009–10 NBA leader in three-point percentage (53.6%)
  • 2013–14 NBA leader in three-point percentage (47.2%)
  • 2006–07 NBA leader in free-throw percentage (91.4%)[21]
  • Philadelphia 76ers record for three-point field goals made in a season (226)
  • 2004–05 NBA leader (tied) in three-point field goals made (226)[22]

NCAA[edit]

  • Missouri Valley Conference career made three-pointers record (371)[3]
  • Missouri Valley Conference single season made three-pointers record (123): 2003
  • Consensus Second Team All-American: 2003
  • Honorable Mention All-American by Associated Press: 2002[1]
  • Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year: 2002, 2003[1]
  • First Team All-Missouri Valley Conference: 2002, 2003
  • Second Team All-Missouri Valley Conference: 2001[1]
  • Missouri Valley Conference Tournament MVP: 2002, 2003
  • Missouri Valley Conference All-Tournament Team: 2001, 2002, 2003[1]
  • Missouri Valley Conference All-Freshman Team: 2000[1]
  • Missouri Valley Conference All-Bench Team: 2000[1]
  • Guardians Classic Omaha Regional MVP: 2003
  • Guardians Classic Tournament MVP: 2003
  • Guardians Classic All-Tournament Team: 2003
  • CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Player of the Year: 2003
  • CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major All-America Team: 2002, 2003

Personal[edit]

Korver was born in Lakewood, California, the oldest of four children to Kevin and Laine Korver. 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.[23] He moved with his family to Iowa in 1993 and graduated from Pella High School.

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 currently plays forward at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.[23] His mother Laine played high-school basketball and once scored 74 points in a game.[1][3] Korver's father, Kevin, is a pastor in Pella, Iowa. Korver's uncle, Kris Korver, is the head basketball coach at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa.[23] His cousin Kari Korver plays for the UCLA Bruins women's basketball team.[24]

Korver married Juliet Richardson on August 10, 2011.[25] Their daughter, Kyra Elyse, was born on December 5, 2012.[26]

Korver is a Christian. Korver has spoken about his faith in Jesus saying, "He is the one who came and paid for my sins that I may get to heaven someday and be with Him. He is my example. He’s my everything."[27]

Korver has his own charitable foundation, called the "Kyle Korver Foundation", which contributes to many philanthropic causes. He held a coat drive while with the 76ers, where he collected and donated coats to kids in need.[3][28] In 2013, he started an annual sock drive in October called the "Socktober Drive" in which he collects socks to donate to homeless people in Atlanta. Korver has also participated in the NBA's Basketball Without Borders outreach program in Africa, China, Brazil, and India.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Prospect Profile: Kyle Korver
  2. ^ a b c d e "#25 Kyle Korver". GoCreighton.com. Retrieved August 26, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d 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. ^ Horford scores 21, leads Hawks past Bulls 93-86
  19. ^ Korver leads Hawks over Houston 104-97
  20. ^ Utah Jazz: Kyle Korver sets NBA record for 3-point accuracy
  21. ^ NBA Free-Throw Shooting Percentage (2006–2007 season)
  22. ^ NBA 3-Point Shooting: Total 3-Point FG Made (2004–2005 season)
  23. ^ a b c Vivlamore, Chris (February 14, 2013). "Kyle Korver: The making of a sharp-shooter". Atlanta Journal Constitution. Retrieved April 29, 2014. 
  24. ^ UCLA’s Kari Korver To Miss Basketball Season
  25. ^ "Kyle Korver and Juliet Richardson - WeddingChannel Profile". Retrieved 2011-10-19. 
  26. ^ Hawks’ Kyle Korver Welcomes Baby Girl
  27. ^ "Korver shooting to be like Jesus". 
  28. ^ 76ers Drive For Kids

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