Kyle Korver

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Kyle Korver
Korver croppd.jpg
Korver (left) with the Philadelphia 76ers
No. 26 – Atlanta Hawks
Position Shooting guard / Small forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1981-03-17) March 17, 1981 (age 34)
Paramount, 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
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 for the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for Creighton and was drafted with the 51st overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft by the New Jersey Nets. Korver became an NBA All-Star for the first time in 2015, and he holds the NBA records for most consecutive games with a made three-pointer (with 127), and highest three-point field goal percentage in a season (with 53.6%).[2]

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.[3]

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.[3]

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.[3]

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).[3] 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).[3][4]

Korver graduated with a bachelor's degree in Visual Communications.[5]

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 (2003–2007)[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.[6] On August 8, 2003, he signed a two-year deal with the 76ers. 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 also marked a 76ers franchise record.[7]

On August 2, 2005, Korver re-signed with the 76ers to a six-year, $25 million contract.[8] Korver scored a career-high 31 points against the Milwaukee Bucks on February 24, 2006,[9] and duplicated that performance on February 21, 2007 against the New York Knicks.[10] He averaged a career-high 14.4 points per game during the 2006–07 season, and led the NBA in free-throw percentage with 91.4 percent.

Utah Jazz (2007–2010)[edit]

On December 29, 2007, Korver was traded to the Utah Jazz in exchange for Gordan Giriček and a future first-round draft pick.[7][11]

Korver spent two and a half seasons in Utah, mostly coming off the bench as the team's sixth man. Korver finished the 2009–10 season hitting 53.6 percent of his three-point shots to secure the NBA's single-season accuracy record.[12] He drilled 59-of-110 three-pointers, edging the record percentage of .524 that Steve Kerr set in 1994–95. Korver played in just 52 games for the Jazz in 2009–10, but his spot-on shooting surged after he finally returned fully healthy after the All-Star break, having struggled with wrist and knee issues following surgeries to both in 2009.[12]

Chicago Bulls (2010–2012)[edit]

Korver warms up before a 2011 playoff game.

On July 13, 2010, Korver signed with the Chicago Bulls.[13] In 2010–11, Korver, for the third time in his career, appeared in 82 games (all coming off the bench), and averaged 8.3 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 20.1 minutes (.434 FG%, .415 3FG%, .885 FT%). The Bulls finished first in the Eastern Conference in 2011, and advanced to the Conference Finals where they were defeated by the Miami Heat 4–1.

On March 10, 2012, Korver had his best game as Bull, recording 26 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists in a 111–97 win over his former team, the Utah Jazz.[14]

Atlanta Hawks (2012–present)[edit]

2012–13 season[edit]

On July 16, 2012, Korver was traded to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for cash considerations.[15] In 2012–13, he averaged 10.9 points in 30.5 minutes per game, while recording percentages of .461 FG%, .457 3FG%, and .859 FT%. He finished second in the NBA in three-point percentage and fourth in three-point field goals made with 189. He made at least one three-pointer in his final 73 games of the season, the longest active streak in the NBA, a career-best and the fourth longest streak in league history (Dana Barros 89, Michael Adams 79, Dennis Scott 78). In addition, his 189 made three's was the fourth-best single season total in franchise history.[4]

2013–14 season[edit]

On July 12, 2013, Korver re-signed with the Hawks[16] to a four-year, $24 million contract. 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).[17][18] The streak eventually ended at 127 games on March 5, 2014.[19] Korver finished the 2013–14 season with a 47.2 percent three-point shooting percentage which led the NBA.

2014–15 season[edit]

On December 15, 2014, Korver passed Jason Richardson for 15th all-time in three-pointers made.[20] 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-throw attempts. This gave him 49 consecutive made free-throws on the season to set a new Hawks franchise record.[21] The streak ended at 50 in the Hawks' next game against the Dallas Mavericks. On February 10, 2015, Korver received his first NBA All-Star selection as a reserve for the Eastern Conference in the 2015 NBA All-Star Game, replacing the injured Dwyane Wade. At 33 years and 11 months old, he became the fourth-oldest first-time All-Star.[22] On March 11, in a loss to the Denver Nuggets, Korver passed Kobe Bryant for 12th on the all-time three-pointers made list.[23] Four days later, in a win over the Los Angeles Lakers, Korver left the game with a broken nose after taking an offensive foul from Ed Davis with 8:59 left in the first half. The injury ended a streak of 51 consecutive games with a three-pointer by Korver, who missed both of his shots from behind the arc.[24] After missing three games with the injury, he returned to action on March 22 against the San Antonio Spurs with protective gear on his face to cover the nose.[25]

On April 29, 2015, Korver was named the recipient of the Joe Dumars Trophy for winning the 2014–15 NBA Sportsmanship Award.[26] During the 2015 playoffs, Korver suffered a right ankle sprain playing against the Cleveland Cavaliers on May 22 in the Eastern Conference Finals. The following day, he was ruled out for the rest of the playoffs.[27]

2015–16 season[edit]

On November 6, 2015, Korver scored 22 points, hitting all eight of his shots, including four from three-point range, as the Hawks won their sixth straight with a 121–115 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.[28] On December 26, in a win over the New York Knicks, Korver hit one three-pointer and passed Rashard Lewis for ninth place on the all-time list for three-pointers made.[29] However, his late December shooting slump marked one of the worst shooting stretches of his career. In four games between December 23–29, Korver shot 5-of-33 from the field and a woeful 2-of-27 from three-point range.[30] Korver continued to struggle with his shot in January, missing all six of his shots on January 31 against the Miami Heat, marking just the third time in his career that he started a game and went 0-of-6 or worse. His 42% field goal shooting is the worst it's been since the 2004–05 season, and his 37% three-point shooting is the lowest success rate he's had from beyond the arc in his career.[31]

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
2014–15 Atlanta 75 75 32.2 .487 .492 .898 4.1 2.6 .7 .6 12.1
Career 884 316 26.2 .442 .432 .881 3.1 1.8 .7 .3 10.0
All-Star 1 0 15.6 .538 .583 .000 1.0 2.0 .0 .0 21.0

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
2015 Atlanta 14 14 37.6 .391 .355 .813 5.0 2.4 1.4 1.1 11.1
Career 81 30 25.6 .410 .377 .880 2.7 1.3 .7 .5 8.6

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%)[32]
  • NBA record for most consecutive games with a made three-pointer (127)[19]
  • 2009–10 NBA leader in three-point percentage (53.6%)
  • 2013–14 NBA leader in three-point percentage (47.2%)
  • 2014–15 NBA leader in three-point percentage (49.2%)
  • 2006–07 NBA leader in free-throw percentage (91.4%)[33]
  • 2004–05 NBA leader (tied) in three-point field goals made (226)[34]
  • 2014–15 NBA All-Star
  • 2014–15 NBA Sportmanship Award
  • Philadelphia 76ers record for three-point field goals made in a season (226)

NCAA[edit]

  • Missouri Valley Conference career made three-pointers record (371)[4]
  • 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 Paramount, California[35] and is 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.[36] 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.[36] His mother Laine played high-school basketball and once scored 74 points in a game.[1][4] 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.[36] His cousin Kari Korver plays for the UCLA Bruins women's basketball team.[37]

Korver married Juliet Richardson on August 10, 2011.[38] Their daughter, Kyra Elyse, was born on December 5, 2012.[39]

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."[40]

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.[4][41] 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.

Footwear and endorsements[edit]

Korver is an endorser of the Nike brand of footwear and apparel, and he has worn various Nike basketball shoe models during NBA games, including the Nike Zoom Run The One.[42]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Prospect Profile: Kyle Korver
  2. ^ Young, Royce (March 6, 2014). "Kyle Korver's 3-point streak ends at 127 games". 
  3. ^ a b c d e "#25 Kyle Korver". GoCreighton.com. Retrieved August 26, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Kyle Korver Stats, Video, Bio, Profile
  5. ^ Service projects net result of Kyle Korver T-shirt sales
  6. ^ Nets Sold Kyle Korver's Draft Rights to Buy a Copy Machine in 2003
  7. ^ a b Sixers Trade Korver to Jazz for Giricek, Future First-Rounder
  8. ^ Agent says Sixers to sign Dalembert to six-year deal
  9. ^ Korver's 31 Points Lifts 76ers Over Bucks
  10. ^ Gelston, Dan (February 21, 2007). "Korver Lights Up to Propel Sixers Past Knicks". NBA.com. Retrieved April 9, 2007. 
  11. ^ Sixers send Korver to Utah in Giricek swap
  12. ^ a b Utah Jazz: Kyle Korver sets NBA record for 3-point accuracy
  13. ^ Bulls sign guard Kyle Korver
  14. ^ Short-handed Bulls bounce back against Jazz
  15. ^ HAWKS ACQUIRE KYLE KORVER FROM THE BULLS
  16. ^ ATLANTA HAWKS SIGN KYLE KORVER TO NEW CONTRACT
  17. ^ Notebook: Hawks 108, Cavaliers 89
  18. ^ "Korver sets 3-point mark, Hawks beat Cavs 108-89". ESPN.com. December 6, 2013. Retrieved December 9, 2013. 
  19. ^ a b Trail Blazers 102, Atlanta Hawks 78: Beyond the box score
  20. ^ Horford scores 21, leads Hawks past Bulls 93-86
  21. ^ Korver leads Hawks over Houston 104-97
  22. ^ "Hawks' Korver to replace Heat's Wade in All-Star Game". NBA.com. February 10, 2015. Retrieved February 10, 2015. 
  23. ^ Danilo Gallinari's 23 key Nuggets to 8th straight home win over Hawks
  24. ^ Hawks hold off Lakers 91-86
  25. ^ Kyle Korver back wearing facial gear
  26. ^ Kyle Korver Wins 2014-15 NBA Sportsmanship Award
  27. ^ Arnovitz, Kevin (May 23, 2015). "Kyle Korver to miss rest of postseason". ESPN.com. Retrieved May 23, 2015. 
  28. ^ "Korver helps Hawks win 6th straight, 121-115 over Pelicans". NBA.com. November 6, 2015. Retrieved November 6, 2015. 
  29. ^ "Millsap, Horford lead Hawks in big surge past Knicks". NBA.com. December 26, 2015. Retrieved December 26, 2015. 
  30. ^ "Horford leads Hawks to 121-115 win over the Rockets". NBA.com. December 29, 2015. Retrieved December 29, 2015. 
  31. ^ "Heat win season-best 4th straight, top Hawks 105-87". NBA.com. January 31, 2016. Retrieved January 31, 2016. 
  32. ^ Utah Jazz: Kyle Korver sets NBA record for 3-point accuracy
  33. ^ NBA Free-Throw Shooting Percentage (2006–2007 season)
  34. ^ NBA 3-Point Shooting: Total 3-Point FG Made (2004–2005 season)
  35. ^ Kyle Korver Official Website
  36. ^ a b c Vivlamore, Chris (February 14, 2013). "Kyle Korver: The making of a sharp-shooter". Atlanta Journal Constitution. Retrieved April 29, 2014. 
  37. ^ UCLA’s Kari Korver To Miss Basketball Season
  38. ^ "Kyle Korver and Juliet Richardson - WeddingChannel Profile". Retrieved 2011-10-19. 
  39. ^ Hawks’ Kyle Korver Welcomes Baby Girl
  40. ^ "Korver shooting to be like Jesus". 
  41. ^ 76ers Drive For Kids
  42. ^ "Kyle Korver footwear usage". www.tackl.com. Tackl. Retrieved 27 September 2015. 

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