When the Atlanta Hawks re-signed Kyle Korver to a four-year, $24 million contract last summer, there were a lot of raised eyebrows. Not only had Korver just turned 32, but he was a guy who had spent most of his NBA career as no more than an impact player off the bench. Having cleared house from bad contracts, it seemed a little curious that general manager Danny Ferry and coach Mike Budenholzer placed such a high value on Korver’s abilities.
One year on, it’s a decision that’s completely vindicated though. It makes perfect sense in the shape that Budenholzer is coaching his team into. Korver is the ultimate floor spacer. Not many guys, if anyone else, in the league commands the same sort of respect that he does from behind the arc. As a result, opponents always have to be on their toes, always ready to close out, and this creates space for his teammates.
When Korver is on the floor, he is arguably the fulcrum of the Hawks offense. He’s always going to make shots, and create space for his teammates to do likewise, and this fluidity plays right into the hands of the ball movement philosophy that the coaches are trying to embed in Atlanta. Budenholzer is always looking for the extra pass to be made to create easy opportunities, making it a pretty much perfect fit for Korver.
This year Korver was perhaps better than ever, and definitely found himself grabbing much more spotlight than in the past. Not only did he break the record for consecutive games with a made three pointer, but he was also the league leader in three point field goal percentage.
So, let’s take a closer look at those achievements, as well as looking a little deeper into Korver’s impressive season.