Kyle Korver
Kyle Korver
39-Year-Old GuardG
Milwaukee Bucks
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Korver accumulated averages of 8.6 points (41.6 FG%, 39.7 3P%, 82.2 FT%), 2.3 rebounds, 2.0 threes, 1.2 assists, 0.4 steals and 0.2 blocks in 19.1 minutes across 70 appearances in 2018-19. He has now been limited to a single-digit scoring average in three of the last four seasons. Moreover, this was Korver's first campaign since 2015-16 (and just the fifth time in his 16-year career) that he failed to shoot at least 40.0 percent from beyond the arc. The 38-year-old veteran signed with the Bucks this offseason, reuniting with his former coach in Mike Budenholzer. Reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and company figure to benefit from the consistent offensive spacing provided by Korver. That said, he just posted his lowest minutes average since 2009-10, and there's no guarantee Korver will see an uptick in playing time going forward given his age and the likelihood that the club prioritizes keeping him fresh for the playoffs. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $2.56 million contract with the Bucks in July of 2019.
Personal Bio

Kyle Elliot Korver, son of Kevin and Laine, was born in Lakewood, California in 1981. Korver comes from a basketball family, with his parents and three younger brothers all playing collegiate basketball across the Midwest in schools such as Creighton, the University of Missouri - Kansas City, and Drake. After recording over 1,000 points during his time at Pella High School, Korver moved on to Creighton where he appeared in 128 games over four seasons. His 371 three-point field-goals are the most ever by a Bluejay and stand as a major reason for him being named the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year as both a junior and senior. Korver participates in a number of charitable causes, both in the realms of social justice and charity. He is a member of the End It Movement, which strives to stop modern-day slavery and human trafficking. While playing in Atlanta, Korver led the Sock it Forward Drive, where fans could donate new pairs of socks at Hawks' home games - and where all proceeds were matched by Korver and benefitting the Atlanta Mission. You can follow him on Twitter @KyleKorver and on Instagram @Kkorv26.

College/International Summary

Korver is one of just six players - including Larry Bird and Xavier McDaniel - to be named Missouri Valley Player of the Year in consecutive seasons. The 6-7 sharpshooter came to Creighton from Iowa and spent his first season coming off the bench. He moved into the starting lineup as a sophomore and led the club with 14.6 points. Korver nailed 45.2 percent of his three-pointers and was selected to the All-MVC Second Team. The wing ascended to the top of the Bluejay perch as a junior, topping the team in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals while helping Creighton win their first NCAA Tournament contest by scoring 16 points in a win over Florida. He would go on to average 15.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 1.6 steals that year. Korver capped his collegiate career by averaging 17.8 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.5 steals. Korver provided 21 points, nine rebounds and five assists in the first-round loss to Central Michigan in the NCAA Tournament. He etched his named in the Creighton record book by topping school history lists in three-pointers, three-point percentage and free-throw accuracy. He also ranked Top-10 in scoring, assists, steals and blocks.

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August 29, 2020
Korver scored five points (2-6 FG, 1-5 3Pt) in 12 minutes during Saturday's 118-104 Game 5 win over the Magic.
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Korver earned double-digit minutes in each of the five games during this first round series, but at this stage of his career he's merely a three-point specialist. It remains to be seen how much he'll play as the opponents become tougher, but theoretically the Heat do have a few guys that Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer might feel comfortable asking Korver to cover.
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2018

Korver began the 2018-19 season with the Cavaliers, where he appeared in 16 games. In his 15.7 minutes per contest, he averaged 6.8 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists. He also hit 1.6 threes per game at a 46.3 percent clip. On Nov. 29, he was traded to the Jazz, where he went on to play 54 regular-season games. Korver averaged 9.1 points (2.1 threes on 38.4 percent from distance), 2.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists across 20.1 minutes with Utah. He also played 30 total playoff minutes across four games before the Jazz were ultimately defeated by the Rockets in the Western Conference First Round. Korver's most prolific month was January, and he averaged 10.5 points (2.3 threes on 41.2 percent) and 2.9 rebounds across 22.0 minutes. His best game of the season occurred during a seven-point loss to the Timberwolves on Nov. 26, when Korver went 6-of-9 from beyond the arc en route to 22 points, two rebounds and two assists in 22 minutes. The 2018-19 season saw Korver shoot 12.6 threes per 100 possessions, which marked the second-highest rate of his career. He was part of a very successful five-man lineup on the Jazz that included Raul Neto, Joe Ingles, Derrick Favors and Jae Crowder -- a group that was plus-22.7 points per 100 possessions in an 84-minute sample.

2017

After being traded by the Hawks to the Cavaliers in the middle of the 2016-17 season, the 2017-18 campaign marked Korver's first full year with Cleveland. He appeared in 73 games, drawing four starts and averaging 9.2 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists across 21.6 minutes. His 43.6 three-point percentage ranked sixth in the league, while his 65.2 true-shooting percentage ranked fifth. Korver's best performance of the season took place Feb. 9 during a 16-point victory over the Hawks. In 32 minutes, he posted 30 points (9-16 FG, 7-13 3Pt, 5-5 FT), three rebounds, one steal and one block. The effort was his only 30-point game of the season and his only game with seven made threes. However, he did have five total games with at least 20 points, and he racked up nine games with five or more made triples. The Cavaliers finished the season 50-32 and defeated the Pacers, Raptors and Celtics in the postseason before being swept in the Finals by the Warriors. In the playoffs, Korver averaged 8.3 points and 2.4 rebounds in 23.0 minutes. His best playoff performance was during a Game 3 win over the Raptors, where he recorded 18 points (6-8 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds and two assists in 33 minutes.

2016

The 2016-17 season saw Korver split time between Atlanta and Cleveland. He began a fifth season with the Hawks before being dealt to the Cavs in early January. Korver fit in exceptionally well in his new home. With more talented players surrounding him, Korver averaged 10.7 points and 2.8 rebounds across 24.5 minutes in 35 games with Cleveland. Having established himself as one of the best shooters to enter the NBA in recent memory, Korver continued his torrid pace from downtown this past season. He shot better than 45.0 percent (45.1) deep for the fourth time in the past five years. Korver also hit a whopping 90.5 percent of his foul shots. It marked the fourth time in his 13-year career that Korver has shot better than 90.0 percent from the charity stripe. Korver also played a key role in helping the Cavs reach the NBA Finals. He saw action in all 18 of Cleveland's postseason games and hit at least a pair of three-pointers in seven of those contests.

2015

The 2015-16 campaign marked Korver's age 34 season and his fourth year with the Hawks. He appeared in all but two games, averaging 9.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 30.0 minutes. He ranked 19th in the NBA in made threes (158), and he shot 39.8 percent from distance. Korver's best performance of the season occurred Nov. 6 during a six-point victory over the Pelicans. Across 33 minutes, Korver posted 22 points (8-8 FG, 4-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds, five assists, three steals and one block. It was his only 20-point game of the season, but Korver had 12 performances with at least four made threes. One of Korver's best stretches of the season occurred from Feb. 8 through Feb. 19. Across three straight games, he averaged 14.7 points (57.1 FG%, 62.5 3P%, 100 FT%), 3.0 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 1.7 steals in 33.5 minutes. Under head coach Mike Budenholzer, the Hawks finished 48-34, defeating the Celtics in the first round of the playoffs before losing to the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. In the postseason, Korver averaged 10.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.0 assist while shooting 44.4 percent from beyond the arc. His best playoff performance was during a Game 2 victory over the Celtics, where Korver posted 17 points (6-9 FG, 5-7 3Pt), seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 33 minutes.

2014

Korver made the first All-Star game of his career during the 2014-15 season -- his third with the Hawks. He started a career-high 75 games and saw 32.2 minutes per contest, averaging 12.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists. Korver's 221 made threes ranked third in the NBA, and he drilled five-plus triples in 11 games. In addition, Korver led the league in three-point percentage (49.2) and true shooting percentage (69.9) for the second straight season. He was also 10th in offensive rating (122.0) and 18th in offensive box plus/minus (3.1). Korver's best game of the season was Dec. 2 in a four-point victory over the Celtics at home. In 37 minutes, Korver accumulated 24 points (8-9 FG, 6-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), six rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block. It was one of his seven 20-plus point efforts on the year. He also finished with one double-double. Under coach Mike Budenholzer, the Hawks finished the season 60-22, defeating the Nets and Wizards in the first two rounds of the playoffs before being eliminated by the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals. In the postseason, Korver averaged 11.1 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.1 blocks in 37.6 minutes. His best playoff performance was in a series-clinching Game 6 victory over the Nets on the road. Korver posted 20 points (6-10 FG, 6-10 3Pt, 2-2 FT), eight rebounds, four assists, three steals and a block in 32 minutes.

2013

Korver started every one of his appearances for the Hawks in 2013-14, and his 71 starts were a career high. He saw 33.9 minutes per game, averaging 12.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and a career-high 2.9 assists. Korver's 185 made threes ranked 12th in the NBA, and he drilled at least five threes on seven occasions. Korver's true shooting percentage (65.4) and three-point percentage (47.2) both ranked first in the NBA, and his 117.6 offensive rating was 16th. He had his best game of the season Dec. 18 during a 124-107 victory over the Kings at home. Korver played 36 minutes and posted 28 points (10-15 FG, 8-10 3Pt), four rebounds, two assists and one steal. It was one of his seven performances with at least 20 points. He also had 23 efforts with five-plus rebounds, 13 efforts with five-plus assists, 47 efforts with at least one steal, and 22 performances with at least one block. Under head coach Mike Budenholzer, the Hawks finished the season 38-44 and did not make the playoffs. However, Atlanta was 37-34 in games Korver appeared in.

2012

Korver was traded to the Hawks from the Bulls on Jul. 16. With Atlanta, he saw his role expand, starting in a career-high 60 games across 74 appearances. He played 30.5 minutes per contest, averaging 10.9 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists. His 189 made threes ranked fourth in the NBA, his three-point percentage (45.7) ranked second, his true shooting percentage (63.8) ranked fourth and his offensive rating (118.5) ranked eighth. Korver's best game of the season came during a 123-111 double-overtime victory over the Celtics on Jan. 25. Korver posted 27 points (8-13 FG, 8-12 3Pt, 3-3 FT), six rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks in 44 minutes. Under head coach Larry Drew, the Hawks finished the season 44-38, losing in the first round of the playoffs to the Pacers. Korver played 29.5 minutes per contest in the postseason, averaging 10.2 points and 3.3 rebounds. His best postseason effort was in a Game 4 victory in which he recorded 19 points (7-11 FG, 5-8 3Pt), five rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block across 31 minutes.

2011

Korver played in all but one game of the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season, and he also drew seven starts. In 22.6 minutes per game, he averaged 8.1 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists. Korver's 118 made threes ranked 10th in the NBA, his three-point percentage (43.5) ranked 10th and his true shooting percentage (60.0) also ranked 10th. His best game of the season was Mar. 10 during a 111-97 victory over the Jazz at home. Korver played 39 minutes and posted 26 points (10-16 FG, 6-11 3Pt), seven rebounds, six assists, one steal and one block. The Bulls, under head coach Tom Thibodeau, finished the season 50-16 and lost in the first round of the playoffs to the 76ers. Korver played in all six contests, averaging 3.8 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 15.7 minutes. His best postseason effort was during a Game 2 loss, where he posted seven points (2-4 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 1-2 FT), two blocks, one rebound and one assist in 24 minutes.

2010

During the offseason, Korver signed a three-year contract with the Bulls after spending the previous two and a half seasons with the Jazz. Korver played all 82 games for the third time in his career during the 2010-11 season. He saw 20.1 minutes per game, averaging 8.3 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists. His three-point percentage (41.5) ranked 17th in the NBA, and he drilled 1.5 per game. Arguably, Korver's best game of the season was Nov. 24 in a 123-115 double-overtime victory over the Suns. He played 47 minutes and posted 24 points (8-14 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 5-6 FT), five rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block. Under coach Tom Thibodeau, Chicago finished the season 62-20, defeating the Pacers and Hawks in the first two rounds of the playoffs before losing to the Heat in five games during the Eastern Conference Finals. In the postseason, Korver averaged 6.6 points, 1.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 17.3 minutes while hitting 42.3 percent of his triples. His best playoff performance was during a four-point Game 3 win over the Pacers, where he recorded 12 points (5-6 FG, 2-3 3Pt), two rebounds, two assists and one block in 19 minutes.

2009

Korver missed the first 23 games of the year due to offseason wrist surgery and eased his way back into Utah's rotation. He gained comfort as the season went on, and he played every game from Feb. 9 onward. Overall, he averaged 7.2 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 18.3 minutes. Notably, despite coming off a wrist injury, Korver led the league in three-point percentage (53.6), and he drilled 1.1 per game. His best game of the season was Mar. 31 during a 128-104 victory over the Warriors. Korver played 26 minutes and posted 21 points (8-12 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block. Under head coach Jerry Sloan, the Jazz finished the season 53-29 and went to the Western Conference Semifinals, defeating the Nuggets in the first round but then losing in four games to the Lakers. In the postseason, Korver averaged 8.3 points, 1.3 assists and 1.1 rebounds while hitting 47.8 percent of his threes. His best postseason effort was during a one-point loss to Los Angeles in Game 3, where he recorded 23 points (9-10 FG, 5-5 3Pt), one rebound, one assist and one steal in 24 minutes.

2008

The 2008-09 season marked Korver's first full year in Utah. The 27-year-old averaged 9.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists across 24.0 minutes. He also hit 1.3 threes per game at 38.6 percent. His best performance of the season was Mar. 14 during a 140-129 loss to the Heat that went into triple-overtime. Korver played 48 minutes, posting 25 points (10-16 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 1-1 FT), seven rebounds, six assists, two blocks and one steal. That was one of Korver's three 20-plus point outings of the season. He also racked up five-plus rebounds 21 times, handed out five-plus assists four times, swiped at least three steals twice and blocked one or more shots in 24 appearances. Utah, under head coach Jerry Sloan, finished the season 48-34, making it to the playoffs but losing in the first round to the Lakers in five games. In the postseason, Korver averaged 10.6 points, 2.6 assists and 2.2 rebounds in 27.2 minutes while shooting 46.2 percent from deep. His best effort of the postseason was during a Game 4 loss, where he recorded 12 points (4-7 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three assists, two rebounds and one steal across 28 minutes.

2007

Korver spent his first 25 games of the 2007-08 season with the 76ers before being moved to the Jazz on Dec. 29. He saw his playing time reduced by about five minutes after the trade, but shot the three about three percent better. Overall, he averaged 9.9 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 23.1 minutes. His best game of the season occurred when he was a member of the Jazz, during a 96-79 victory over the Raptors on Mar. 17. Korver played 24 minutes, posting 17 points (6-7 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 4-4 FT), four rebounds, four assists and two steals. Under head coach Jerry Sloan, the Jazz finished the season 54-28, making it past the Rockets in the first round of the playoffs before being stopped by the Lakers in the Western Conference Semifinals. In the postseason, Korver averaged 7.8 points and 2.2 rebounds. His best playoff performance was in a Game 4 victory over the Lakers, and he accumulated 14 points (4-10 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 4-4 FT), five rebounds, two steals and one assist in 30 minutes.

2006

Korver set a career high with 14.4 points per game during his fourth season in the NBA. He was also ninth in the NBA in three-point percentage (43.0) and first in free-throw percentage (91.4). In addition, Korver pitched in 3.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists across 30.9 minutes per game. Arguably his best game of the season was during a 20-point victory over the Knicks at home Feb. 21. Korver recorded 31 points (11-14 FG, 6-7 3Pt, 3-3 FT), two blocks and one assist in 34 minutes. That performance marked one of Korver's two 30-point efforts of the season. He also finished the year with 25 efforts of five-plus rebounds, four games with at least three steals, and 16 performances with at least one block. Under head coach Maurice Cheeks, the 76ers finished the season 35-47 and failed to make the playoffs.

2005

Korver continued to grow as a three-point shooter during his third year in the league, setting a career high by shooting 42.0 percent from distance, which ranked 12th in the NBA. His 184 made threes also ranked fifth in the league. Aside from his fantastic three-point shooting, Korver averaged 11.5 points for the second straight year, plus 3.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists. His best game of the campaign was during a 107-80 victory Dec. 18 on the road against the Raptors. In 37 minutes, Korver posted 23 points (9-15 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 1-2 FT), seven assists, six rebounds and two steals. It was one of his nine performances with at least 20 points. Korver also finished the year with one double-double, 22 outings with five-plus rebounds, six outings with five-plus assists, six performances with three-plus steals and two efforts with three-plus blocks. Under head coach Maurice Cheeks, the 76ers went 38-44 and did not make the playoffs.

2004

After demonstrating his three-point marksmanship during his rookie season, Korver was given much more playing time as a sophomore. He played in all 82 games, starting 57 matchups and seeing 32.5 minutes per contest. That resulted in averages of 11.5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists. Notably, Korver drilled 2.8 threes per game at 40.5 percent. His 226 made triples ranked first in the NBA, and he also ranked fifth in effective field-goal percentage (56.7). Korver had his best performance of the season Nov. 26 during a two-point victory over the Wizards at home. He posted 26 points (10-17 FG, 6-12 3Pt), eight rebounds, three assists and one block in 46 minutes. That effort marked one of Korver's five games with 20-plus points and one of his nine games with five-plus threes. He also had four double-doubles, racked up at least five assists six times, swiped more than two steals 14 times, and had 25 games with at least one block. The 76ers finished 43-39 under head coach Jim O'Brien but lost in the first round of the playoffs in five games to the Pistons. In the playoffs, Korver averaged 5.0 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 29.4 minutes. His best effort was during a Game 3 win, and he posted nine points (3-4 FG, 3-4 3Pt) and two rebounds in 33 minutes.

2003

After a senior season at Creighton that earned him NCAA AP All-America Second Team honors, Korver was selected by the Nets with the 51st overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft. However, the pick was sold to the 76ers, which is where Korver debuted. He appeared in 74 games, averaging 4.5 points and 1.5 rebounds across 11.9 minutes, notably drilling 1.1 threes per game at a clip of 39.1 percent. Korver's best game of the season was Dec. 21 during a three-point loss to the Celtics on the road. He posted 18 points (6-6 FG, 5-5 3Pt, 1-1 FT), three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block across 18 minutes. That marked one of 14 games that Korver scored in double-digits, and it was also one of his three efforts with five made triples. Under head coaches Randy Ayers (21-31) and Chris Ford (12-18), the 76ers finished the season 33-49, failing to make the postseason.

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Transaction History
  • June 26, 2003
    Selected by the New Jersey Nets in the second round (51st pick) of the 2003 NBA Draft.
  • December 29, 2007
    Traded by the Philadelphia 76ers to the Utah Jazz for Gordan Giricek and a 2010 second-round draft pick.
  • July 16, 2012
    Traded by the Chicago Bulls to the Atlanta Hawks for cash. Chicago also received a trade exception from Atlanta.
  • January 7, 2017
    Traded by the Atlanta Hawks to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Mike Dunleavy, Mo Williams and a top-10 protected 2019 first-round draft pick, which did not convey.
  • July 12, 2017
    Signed a three-year contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers
  • November 29, 2018
    Traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Utah Jazz for Alec Burks, a 2020 second-round draft pick and a 2021 second-round draft pick.
  • July 6, 2019
    Traded by the Utah Jazz with Grayson Allen, Darius Bazley, Jae Crowder and a 2020 first-round draft pick (1-7 and 15-30 protected) to the Memphis Grizzlies for Mike Conley.
  • July 7, 2019
    Traded by the Memphis Grizzlies with Jevon Carter to the Phoenix Suns for Josh Jackson, De'Anthony Melton, a 2020 second-round draft pick and a 2021 second-round draft pick (36-60 protected).
  • July 8, 2019
    Waived by the Phoenix Suns.
  • July 25, 2019
    Signed a one-year contract as a free agent with the Milwaukee Bucks.
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In his first full season with Cleveland, Korver saw his playing time fall to 21.6 minutes per game, which was his lowest mark since the 2010-11 season. It wasn't exactly a surprise, though, considering his age and placement on an Eastern Conference Finals contender. As has been the case for much of his career, Korver's biggest contribution came as a floor spacer. The veteran wing knocked down 2.2 three-pointers per outing, while sinking 43.6 percent them, which was right on par with his career mark of 43.1 percent. Elsewhere, Korver added 9.2 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists. Korver's role shouldn't change much ahead of the upcoming campaign, even after the offseason departure of superstar LeBron James. He could see a few more minutes or shot attempts on a per game basis, but Fantasy owners need to remember that Korver is now 37 years old, so the Cavaliers aren't likely going to rely on him for long stretches. Those in deeper leagues can consider Korver if a decent source of three-pointers is needed, but his workload itself and lack of counting stats across the board hurt his value significantly in shallower leagues.
The opening of the 2016-17 season marked Korver's fifth year in Atlanta, though he ended up playing just 32 games before being traded to Cleveland at the the trade deadline. Korver surprisingly saw his averages increase with the move to a more talented roster, averaging 10.7 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.0 assist across 24.5 minutes in 35 games. He's was relied upon mostly for his ability to stretch the floor as a three-point threat, considering the 36-year-old veteran averaged 2.8 three-pointers with the Cavaliers, while also shooting an impressive 48.5 percent from the three-point line. That earned Korver a three-year, $22 million extension in the offseason. Korver should once again be a key contributor off the bench, though the addition of Jae Crowder in the Kyrie Irving trade could potentially cost Korver some minutes at the small forward spot. That said, Korver should still see a relatively large workload backing up J.R. Smith at shooting guard, so if his playing time does ultimately fall, it won't be by much. It's extremely unrealistic to expect Korver to shoot something similar to the 48.5 percent from deep that he did in his limited time with the Cavaliers last season, so look for him to drop much closer to his career average of 43.1 percent. He'll once again enter the upcoming campaign as one of the league's elite shooters and he should be a decent source of three-pointers in deeper leagues.
Korver's improbable All-Star season in 2014-15 was one of the many reasons why the Hawks set a new franchise record with 60 victories, but his statistical backslide last season may have been just as responsible for the team dropping back down to 48 wins. An extended shooting slump in December and January dampened Korver's overall line, and he was never really able to fully recover, finishing with averages of 9.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.1 rebounds and 2.0 three-pointers in 30.0 minutes per game. A career 42.9 percent shooter from three-point range, Korver dipped under 40 percent for the first time since 2008-09, and while his 39.9 percent mark was still well above average, it was difficult for the Hawks to stomach that sort of decline from a player who doesn't offer much impact on the defensive end. Korver is still one of the game's elite shooters and could very well bounce back and show some more efficiency in 2016-17, but he's now 35 years old and is set to become a free agent next summer. Perhaps in acknowledgement of that fact, the Hawks re-signed swingman Kent Bazemore to a four-year, $70 million contract this offseason and spent first-round draft picks on wings Taurean Prince and DeAndre' Bembry. While neither of the rookies figure to eat into Korver's role in a significant way, the veteran sharpshooter could still see his minutes decline for a third straight season.
In his 12th season, Korver pumped out 12.1 points on 8.0 field goal attempts per game to go along with 4.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 0.7 steals, and 0.6 blocks in 32 minutes per game through 75 regular season contests. Making his first All-Star appearance, the former Creighton star shot a scalding 49 percent from the field, 49 percent from downtown, and 90 percent from the free-throw line, sinking 2.0 three-pointers per game. Korver cooled off during 14 playoff games before sustaining a season-ending injury, averaging 11.1 points on 9.5 field goal attempts, 5.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.4 steals, and 1.1 blocks in 38 minutes per game on 39 percent from the floor, 36 percent from beyond the arc, and 81 percent from the charity stripe. Despite the sad ending, overall it was a spectacular season for the first-time All-Star, and given DeMarre Carroll's departure this offseason, it's possible Korver will have even more responsibility in 2015-16. He has yet to return to basketball activities following offseason right ankle and right elbow surgeries, but the 6-7, 210-pound wing expects to be ready for training camp.
Korver re-established himself as one of the league's top three-point threats last season. Not that there was any real doubt about his abilities. He shot a staggering 47 percent from distance in 2013-14, just a hair off his career shooting percentage of 48, while hitting 2.6 three-pointers per game. In the process, he established a new NBA record by hitting at least one three-pointer in 127 consecutive games, but he's not a one-dimensional chucker. Korver also contributed four rebounds, one steal, and a career-high 2.9 assists per game, while shooting his usual otherworldly 93 percent from the free-throw line. A free agent this summer, Korver opted to re-up with the Hawks for four more seasons and is likely to return to his starting role, but don't be surprised if Korver's minutes – and by extension, his overall numbers - dip a bit. His 34 minutes per game last season established a new career high for his playing time, but this year's Hawks are a lot deeper on the wing than last year's model. New additions like Kent Bazemore and Thabo Sefolosha will give coach Mike Budenholzer the option to rest Korver a bit more this season.
It's no secret where Korver's value stems from. He averaged 2.6 three pointers per game last season - his best average since the 2004-05 season. He finished second in the Association at 46 percent from downtown, which allowed him to finish fourth with 189 made three-pointers, despite missing eight games. After Stephen Curry, Korver is on that short list of guys who can make the case for being the second best long-range shooter in the world. With only DeMarre Carroll behind him on the depth chart at small forward in Atlanta, he's a good bet to once again approach 30 minutes per game (he averaged 31 mpg last season). Even though 69 percent of his field-goal attempts were from behind the stripe last season, he still posted a solid 46 percent mark from the floor, so he won't hurt your team there. He is a fantastic free-throw shooter (88 percent for his career), but he very rarely gets to the line (1.1 attempts per game last season), so it's not much of a consideration with respect to his fantasy value. The 10.9 points, 4.0 rebounds and 0.9 steals he averaged last season prove that he has something to offer other than his long-range stroke, but evaluating your team's need for three-point shooting during the draft should be the only thing that leads you to scoop up the 32-year-old Creighton product.
Korver is unquestionably one of the elite three-point shooters in the league, averaging at least 1.1 three-pointers per game in each of the last six seasons despite starting a total of only 10 games over that stretch. He is also an excellent free-throw shooter and a better defender than many people think. He will have a chance to earn a starting job and could provide tremendous value from behind the arc if he gets increased playing time this season.
Korver had a very up-and-down season, his first in Chicago. He’s a good source of three-pointers, but he’s unlikely to get enough minutes to be of use in standard leagues. Target him if you’re playing in deeper leagues and need threes.
Believe it now and read it later: Kyle Korver is a better fantasy player than you're thinking he is. Back in his peak, playing 30-plus minutes per game, he was a legitimate top-100 player even while scoring only 11 or so points per game-almost entirely thanks to his three-point shooting. He's still the same guy on a per-minute basis. The problem has been getting the minutes: Korver averaged only 18.3 of them per game last year. He moved with Carlos Boozer to Chicago this offseason, where he's behind Luol Deng on the small forward depth chart.
As a three-point specialist, Korver is one of the best in the NBA. In his two years with Utah, he has averaged just under his career averages, shooting three-pointers at a 40 percent clip and scoring 10 points per game. During the off-season, Korver had minor wrist surgery, but that shouldn't prevent him from being used as the designated scorer from the Jazz bench.
Korver came over from Philadelphia and helped the Jazz improve as a threat from 3-point range. He’s a superb perimeter shooter and, when restricted to that role and not asked to do more, can be a very effective player. He played fewer minutes per game in Utah than he did in Philadelphia, but scored just as many points and shot better. The Jazz will continue to use him in a similar fashion this year. And if Matt Harpring’s playing time is reduced, Korver could get more playing time but we also expect C.J. Miles and Morris Almond to pick up any available minutes. He has also been receiving minutes at the SG position.
Korver lost his starting gig last season, but as a sixth man his scoring totals actually increased to a career-high 14.4 points per game. But that’s about the only positive we can draw from last season. Korver’s value to fantasy teams lies almost entirely in his long-range shooting, but his three-point rate has declined steadily over the last three seasons. He hit 1.8 treys per game last season – a nice number, but not the number you’d like from someone with a long-range bomber’s resume. Other negative signs: the selections of Rodney Carney and Thaddeus Young with Philly’s last two lottery picks add more athletic and complete options on the wing, and may squeeze Korver’s playing time further.
Korver ranked ninth in three-pointers made per game last year with 2.2, but his fantasy value doesn’t extend much beyond that. He averaged 11.5 points last year but doesn’t do anything else (3.3 boards, 2.0 assists, 43% FG%) to help a fantasy team. With John Salmons in Sacramento, Korver should be in the mix for the starting small forward spot with the Sixers. If Korver plays starter minutes (averaged 31.3 last year), he could be a good fit if you’re looking for threes in the latter rounds of your draft.
Korver's value is wrapped up almost entirely in his ability to nail the three. He tied Quentin Richardson with 226 treys for tops in the league last year and figures to be camped out by the arc all of this year, as well. Nearly 74% of Korver's shots were threes in 2004-05. He shot just 201 attempts from the field that weren't threes, or roughly 2.5 attempts per game, so it's no wonder his field goal percentage of 41.8% is so close to his rate from downtown, 40.5%. His sweet stroke carries over to the charity stripe, and he can steal better than average, but will hurt you everywhere else. With so much value tied to Korver's three-point shooting, watch new coach Maurice Cheeks' usage in the preseason, as he may not want as much bombing from outside as Jim O'Brien did.
Only averaged 11 minutes a game last year, but will be leaned upon to shoot the three this year. O'Brien likes the kid and his three point shot, so if he improves defensively he will see more time.
Great shooter, but will have trouble matching up with NBA threes defensively. Won't see much playing time during his rookie season.
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