Atlanta Hawks 2013 Player Profile: Kyle Korver

By John Raffel
Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Korver‘s role is very obvious with the Atlanta Hawks. It’s twofold: shoot the 3-pointers and make the 3-pointers.

It was a no-brainer for the Hawks to sign Korver to a new four-year deal during the offseason. They needed him and couldn’t let him get away. It’s not that Korver is a franchise player, but he’s still important enough to win ballgames. His ability to shoot behind the arc is very valuable to this team. He averaged 10.9 points last season and hit 45.7 percent of his 3-point attempts, which ranked second in the NBA.

Korver’s streak of hitting at least one 3-pointer in a game is now at 73 straight. It’s the current longest streak in the league. Korver is likely to start again to give the team leadership. He had four rebounds and two assists a game, and it would also help if he would improve on his 30.5 minutes per game average. Not only did he shoot well in 3-pointers, but also in field goals overall with 46.1 percent and free throws with 85.9 percent.

In six preseason games, Korver is averaging 27.5 minutes, 10.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and  2.7 assists per game, and is shooting 40.4 percent from the floor, 38.2 percent in threes and 81.8 percent in free throws. His floor shot will obiously have to be more like his regular season from last year when the 2013-14 campaign begins.

Korver says there’s pressure to shoot threes to some extent, but he’s hoping the streak continues. Regardless, he needs to have a productive season and have a major impact on the Hawks in order for Atlanta to have success.

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