I’m going to stick my neck out and there and provides perhaps one of the hottest takes EVER. Kyle Korver is the greatest shooter in NBA history. Yes, I said it, of ALL time. No, I’m not a diehard Hawks fan, a Creighton alumnus, or Iowa native but I do consider myself a Korver fan and bias or not, I have an argument. Don’t get me wrong, I love Larry Legend and appreciate the likes of Jesus Shuttlesworth, Peja, and Reggie Miller, but after this season it’s time to take notice. I present to you…
5 REASONS WHY KYLE KORVER IS THE BEST SHOOTER OF ALL TIME
1. College Career: “One of the greatest shooters in NCAA history”, he owns the Creighton and MVC record with 371 career three-pointers (tied for sixth in NCAA history). Ranks 14th in NCAA history with 45.3% accuracy and tops among players 6-7 or taller all-time. He also set Creighton single-season records for three-pointers made (129), three-point accuracy (.480) and free throw accuracy (.908)
2.Korver hit at least one three pointer in 127 consecutive games destroying the old record of 89 held by Dana Barros. From a timing standpoint, this is the equivalent of an ENTIRE NBA season PLUS 75 percent of another one.
3.Korver currently sits at the #11 spot in career three-pointers made all time. The important thing to note here: there are only 3 active players ahead of him and each has a minimum of more than 3 seasons played (totally catchable if Korver remains in the league).
4.THIS SEASON: Korver has put on a clinic. He is the only player in league history to hit at least 210 three-pointers but takes less than 500 in a single season. He ended the regular season shooting 49% from deep going 221 of 449, consistency and accuracy at its finest.
5.Of the 25 best single-season 3-point performances (most 3-pointers made in a single year), Korver this season had the best effective FG% and True Shooting Percentage ever. These two stats measure truly how deadly a shooter can be, and Korver’s 2014-15 season was more efficient than that of Steph Curry, who broke the record for most threes in a single season.
Other things to consider:
- Minutes played, Korver averages just 26.2 minutes per game over his career yet still manages to get his shots up (and hit them frequently)
- Appeared in three NBA All Star Three-Point Shootout Competitions (made it to the final round in 2/3)
- 33 years old or young depending on how you look at it
- Ashton Kutcher doppelganger (has to count for something)
Korver = GOAT end of story. The fact that he has his best regular season yet at the age of 33 it is very likely he will break more records. You can disagree, but you’re wrong.