There’s not much that the 17-year veteran, now free-agent, Kyle Korver hasn’t seen in his NBA career. The sharp-shooter played for six different teams and recorded 1232 games till this day. Still, it hasn’t been easy for a skinny rookie coming out of Creighton University in the NBA, mainly because he wasn’t coming with an aura of a superstar and was selected as a 2nd-round pick.
In the end, Korver proved everyone wrong, being only one of three players in league history to make 2,000 or more three-pointers while shooting at least 40% from behind the arc. Ray Allen and Steph Curry are the only two others.
Coming into the league in 2003 to the Allen Iverson‘s 76ers, Korver needed some guidance, and AI took him under his wing, Korver revealed in a B/R AMA.
“It was significant for me. Coming onto the team as a 2nd-round pick, confidence is the biggest factor in whether you’re gonna make it or not. You need someone to believe in you. That’s what he was for me. He was always in my ear telling me to shoot the ball. We didn’t have a lot of shooters on the team. If you couldn’t make it when he passed it to you, he was like, “Why would I pass it to you? I’ll just shoot it myself.” He was always looking for me. His encouragement and how much he helped me, I cannot state how important that was for me as a young player.”Kyle Korver, BR
Now 39, Korver is without a club, and he hasn’t officially retired yet. He probably could be a mentor (like AI was once to him) and advise young guys on shooting the ball. I mean, who wouldn’t like to be advised by one of the greatest shooters in the NBA. Also, Kyle can be mentioned in the same sentence as Curry, Allen, and Reggie Miller. But for him, there is no doubt who is the best.
“I think Steph has changed the game. You can say a lot of guys are great shooters but he’s changed how the game is played by how he shoots the ball. The shots that he hits and the way he plays is incredible.”Kyle Korver, BR
Even if he doesn’t find a team in the NBA, Korver has already done enough to go down as one of the best shooters of his era. All thanks to Allen Iverson.