Kyle Korver has been remarkable this season and for the last 67 games, in particular. Why? He’s hit a three-pointer in every single one of them.
The open shots he has been getting are no fluke. His comrades do a great job in setting him up with easy shots and there’s a reason why he’s leading the NBA in 3P%. Let’s take a look at two examples of Korver’s shot attempts and why he gets these on a regular basis.
The Dribble, Drive, and Dish
In this play, Jeff Teague runs off slip-screen from Al Horford and heads to the rim. After running around his own defender and Horford’s, he pops out underneath the basket with a lane to give Korver a wide-open trey. Voila.
The Raptors are clearly scrambling this defensive possession. There are four Raptor defenders around Teague when he drives to the hole, thus leaving just about everyone else wide open. Rudy Gay decides that he’d rather be sticking close to Josh Smith to prevent the pass from going to him instead of sliding over to stop a wide-open Korver deep-ball. Also, if you look when Teague passes the ball, Lil’ Tito was open for a middy after his defender left him for JT. Sometimes you’ve got to pick your poison. This time the Raptors died.
In this play, and many others this season, there was a mad scramble for the ball, a fastbreak opportunity, and a wide-open Kyle Korver. Enjoy.
Teague’s improving court vision allows him to spot Korver on the wing as he is pushing the ball up the floor. Jeff fires it ahead to Kyle (“About as fast as an AK-47 would go,” Jeff, the loyal Call Of Duty player, says) with ease and, from that point on, Larry Drew, LARRY SANDERS!, Johan Petro, Mike Dunleavy Jr, Jeff Teague, and Kyle Korver himself all know what the end result is. Buckets!
For another opportunity to watch Korver’s silky smooth shot countless times on end, read this February article from fellow Hawks blogger Robby Kalland as he analyzes how room is made for these wide-open looks. Nice job, Robby!
*video courtesy of NBA.com/stats*