The international space station sets its clocks by Kyle Korver hitting threes. There’s a pair of parents teaching their kids how to count by watching Korver’s progress with each game. He even refers to eras in his professional career as pre-streak and during-streak. These are all confirmed facts; you can look them up on the Interweb.
Last Wednesday against the Denver Nuggets, Kyle Korver pushed his streak of consecutive games with at least one made three-pointer to 78. He is currently tied with Atlanta-resident and Georgia Tech alumnus Dennis “3D” Scott for the third-longest streak in NBA history. With a made three-pointer tonight against the Orlando Magic, he can pass Scott and tie Michael Adams for second all-time. The record-holder, Dana Barros, sits at 89 games.
Korver’s 3FG% during the run is .468 (206-440), compared to Barros’s .442 (217-491), Scott’s .427 (253-593) and Adams .364 (193-530) during their respective streaks. Korver’s previously long streak was hitting a three in 28 straight contests from 11/16/05-1/13/06 as a member of Philadelphia 76ers. Korver’s run is the longest in Hawks history, dwarfing Mookie Blaylock’s 42-game streak from 3/26/96-1/11/97. Additionally, he ranks sixth among active NBA players and 12th in league history in 3FG% (.420), and is 14th among active players and 28th all-time NBA/ABA history in total three-pointers with 1338.
To add to his accolades, last Sunday in a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, Kyle Korver went 6-6 from behind the arc. His six three-pointers made without a miss is tied for the most ever by a Hawk in a single game, tying Mike Bibby (12/21/08) and Al Harrington (12/16/05).
What’s been extremely impressive about this streak is the attention paid by opponents, who come in knowing about the streak and Korver’s career three point shooting prowess. Without the services of John Jenkins for most of this season, Korver is by far the leading Hawk in made three pointers. He owns 15 to this point, and only one other Hawk has more than 4 (Cartier Martin with 9). Similarly, last season, Korver made more than double the three pointers as the next Hawks (189 to Jeff Teague’s 89). He has done the heavy lifting of the Hawks’s three point shooting while remaining impressively efficient. That part of the streak may be most impressive of all.
Here is the remaining schedule as Korver seeks to break the all-time record:
11/9 vs. ORL 7:30 p.m. (Michael Adams)
11/11 @Char 7:00 p.m.
11/13 vs. NY 8:00 p.m.
11/15 vs. PHIL 7:30 p.m.
11/16 @NY 7:30 p.m.
11/19 @Mia 7:30 p.m.
11/20 vs. DET 7:30 p.m.
11/22 @Det 7:30 p.m.
11/23 vs. BOS 7:30 p.m.
11/26 vs. ORL 7:30 p.m.
11/27 @Hou 8:00 p.m. (Dana Barros)
11/29 vs. DALL 7:30 p.m.
*All numbers taken from Hawks PR game press releases.