Kyle Korver Is Back, So What Does That Mean?
The Hawks announced Friday that they will retain sharpshooting guard Kyle Korver for this upcoming season. This is great news for the team and the fans, as most took a liking to the way Korver played in his first season as a Hawk last year.
The move doesn’t really surprise me. Korver said that he and management had a good conversation after the playoffs about wanting to work something out. He got a lot of playing time last season and figures to get a lot this season as well. That, combined with the fact that he and his wife welcomed their first child last year, makes stability attractive for him.
So what is Atlanta getting with Korver?
They’re getting one of the best three-point shooters in the NBA. Korver shot 46 percent from deep last season and is a 42 percent career three-point shooter. His specialty is the catch-and-release shot, and if Coach Bud brings a San Antonio-like system to Atlanta, there will be plenty of opportunities for that.
They’re getting a floor spacer. When Korver is on the floor, you can’t leave him. This should open up opportunities for the guards to penetrate and for the bigs to work on-on-one on the low block without being double-teamed.
They’re getting a great locker room guy. Korver is one of the friendliest and most easygoing players you’ll find. You can never have too many of those on the team.
They’re getting a great basketball mind. If you watch Korver play, you’ll see that he has one of the highest basketball IQ’s in the league. He always knows where to be on both ends of the floor, and he’s vocal in team huddles.
They’re getting a good team defender. Korver may not be the most athletic guy out there, and often times he’s paired up against a quicker player, but you know he’ll give you weak side help if you need it. He’s the true definition of a man-to-man defender in a team defensive scheme, and Coach Bud has been saying since he was hired that he wants guys who will play defense first. Korver will give you that.
They’re getting a hard worker. Not once did I see Korver take a play off last year. In playing the most minutes (30+ per game) that he had played since 2007, Korver hustled on every play and was always working hard, no matter what the score was. That’s a big reason why he became such a favorite among Hawks fans.
They’re getting an underrated rebounder and passer. Korver pulled down four rebounds per game last year, good for third on the team behind Josh Smith and Al Horford. He’s also a very good passer, particularly when curling off screens when a defender is chasing him. He’ll bounce it to a big or hand it back to the guard. He keeps his turnovers down.
All in all, Korver is a great player to have on the roster. I’m excited for his return, and I’m sure Hawks fans are excited to see him in a Hawks uniform as he tries to extend his streak of 73 straight games with a three-pointer.
Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE/Getty Images