With a 25-foot three-point make in the 4th quarter on Wednesday night, Kyle Korver reached two milestones.
First, Korver landed on exactly 7,000 points in his NBA career, and secondly, tied Terry Porter for 30th on the all-time list for 3-point field goal made with 1,297.
At 32 years old, it’s an accomplishment for a part-time player (mostly) like Korver to reach 7,000 points. He’s averaged just 24.8 minutes per game for his career, and still managed to score nearly 10 points a night thanks to his high-level shooting. While he’ll never be a “pure” scorer, it speaks volumes about his skills/abilities to free himself and get off that many quality shots.
Obviously, Korver’s reputation around the league is in line with a top-30 all-time place in 3-point shooting. He currently leads the NBA for the season in three-point percentage (45.9%) and he’s 4th in the NBA in total three-point field goals (163) despite only averaging 31.3 minutes per game. Frankly, he’s one of the best shooters in the NBA today (if not the best), and because he’s been doing it an a big-time pace for 9 years, his place in history is secured.
At the current pace of made threes per season (roughly 140 per season if you pro-rate this year’s contributions), he would need less than three seasons to reach the top-10 all-time and join the ranks of Reggie Miller, Ray Allen, Peja Stojakovic, and more. Korver is certainly in that class among “pure” shooters, and I can’t wait to see where he lands at the end of his long career.