Kyle Korver

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Kyle Korver
No. 26 – Atlanta Hawks
PositionSmall forward / Shooting guard
Personal information
Born(1981-03-17) March 17, 1981 (age 33)
Lakewood, California
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight212 lb (96 kg)
Career information
High schoolPella (Pella, Iowa)
CollegeCreighton (1999–2003)
NBA draft2003 / Round: 2 / Pick: 51st overall
Selected by the New Jersey Nets
Career highlights and awards
Stats at
Stats at
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Kyle Korver
No. 26 – Atlanta Hawks
PositionSmall forward / Shooting guard
Personal information
Born(1981-03-17) March 17, 1981 (age 33)
Lakewood, California
Listed height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight212 lb (96 kg)
Career information
High schoolPella (Pella, Iowa)
CollegeCreighton (1999–2003)
NBA draft2003 / Round: 2 / Pick: 51st overall
Selected by the New Jersey Nets
Career highlights and awards
Stats at
Stats at

Kyle Elliot Korver[1] (born March 17, 1981) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He previously played for the Philadelphia 76ers, Utah Jazz, and Chicago Bulls. He played college basketball at Creighton University. He set an NBA record for most consecutive games with a made three-pointer with 127.



Before going on to be Creighton University's fifth all-time scorer, Korver attended Pella High School in Pella, Iowa, where he later had his jersey retired.[2]

Korver was drafted out of Creighton by the New Jersey Nets in the second round (51st overall) of the 2003 NBA Draft; his draft rights were traded to the Philadelphia 76ers for cash considerations in a draft night deal.[3]

Korver received a degree in Visual Communications from Creighton.[4]

Philadelphia 76ers[edit]

Korver competed in both the 2004 and 2005 Foot Locker Three-Point Shootouts, coming in third and second in those contests respectively. In the 2004–05 season, Korver tied for first place in the league in three-pointers made with Quentin Richardson who both had 226, also a 76ers franchise record.[5] Korver had a career high 31 points at Milwaukee on February 24, 2006,[6] duplicated on February 21, 2007 at home against the New York Knicks.[7] He notably drained a game-tying buzzer-beater against the Boston Celtics on January 12, 2006, sending the game into triple overtime which the 76ers would eventually win.

Utah Jazz[edit]

On December 26, 2007, Korver was traded by the Philadelphia 76ers to the Utah Jazz in exchange for Gordan Giriček and a future first-round draft pick.[5][8]

Korver spent two and a half seasons in Utah, mostly coming off the bench as the team's long-range shooting specialist. In his last season with the Jazz (2009–10), he made 53.6 percent of his three-point attempts, setting a new NBA record for highest three-point percentage in a single season.[9]

Chicago Bulls[edit]

Korver warms up before a 2011 playoff game.

On July 13, 2010, Korver signed as a free agent with the Chicago Bulls.[10][11] Bulls' announcer Stacey King commonly yelled "Give me the hot sauce!" when Korver hit an important three point field goal. Korver continued to come off the bench, becoming a key member of the Bulls' "Bench Mob" -- a strong group of reserve players whose ability to step up became crucial to the team's success.

During his first season with the Bulls, Korver played all 82 games, averaging 8.3 points in 20 minutes per game. His highest scoring game during that season was in November 24, 2010, when he scored 24 points against the Phoenix Suns. In his second season with the team, Korver averaged 8.1 points from the bench. However, his best game was in March 10, 2012, when he started against the Utah Jazz, and scored 26 points. Both years, Korver had a field goal percentage of 43%

Atlanta Hawks[edit]

On July 16, 2012, Korver was traded to the Atlanta Hawks for Kirk Hinrich and cash considerations.[12] On July 12, 2013, he re-signed with the Hawks[13] to a reported four-year, $24 million deal. In a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on December 6, 2013, Korver passed the record for consecutive games with a made three pointer (90) originally set by Dana Barros (89).[14][15] The streak ended at 127 games on March 5, 2014.[16]


Korver was born in Lakewood, California, the oldest of four. He grew up in the Los Angeles area, and was a Los Angeles Lakers fan as a child. Watching Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and the Showtime Lakers instilled a love of basketball in Korver that made him want to pursue it himself.[17] He moved with his family to Iowa in 1993 and graduated from Pella High School.

Off the court, Korver held a coat-drive while with the 76ers, where he collected and donated coats to Operation Warm.[2][18] He has participated in the NBA's Basketball Without Borders outreach program in Africa, China, Brazil, and India.

Korver has three brothers, Kirk, Kaleb, and Klayton, all of whom have played Division I basketball. Klayton was a guard/forward for the Drake Bulldogs while Kaleb was a guard for the Creighton Bluejays. Kirk plays forward at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.[17] His mother Laine once scored 74 points in a high school game.[2][1] Kyle's father, Kevin, is a pastor in Pella, Iowa. He is the nephew of Kris Korver, the head basketball coach at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa.[17] He also has a passion for playing golf. While with the Utah Jazz, he frequently golfed with many teammates around the Salt Lake Valley, including Deron Williams.

It has been widely publicized that Korver bears a resemblance to television and film actor Ashton Kutcher, who also is from Iowa.[19][20] Korver found comments about it funny at first, but said it started to get a little old.[20] He conceded there was a little resemblance, but not that much.[20] With regard to the constant comparisons, Korver said the fact that he is much taller than Kutcher "still doesn't stop everybody."[21] In one anecdote, he recounts that in an incident at a party he attended "people kept staring at me and I had to tell them that I wasn't Ashton."[21]

Kyle Korver married Juliet Richardson on August 10, 2011.[22] Their daughter, Kyra Elyse, was born on December 5, 2012.[23] His cousin Kari Korver plays for the UCLA Bruins women's basketball team.[24]




NBA career statistics[edit]

  GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
 FG% Field goal percentage 3P% 3-point field goal percentage FT% Free throw percentage
 RPG Rebounds per game APG Assists per game SPG Steals per game
 BPG Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high
Led the league
NBA record and led league

Correct as of 2012–13 season

Regular season[edit]




See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Prospect Profile: Kyle Korver
  2. ^ a b c d e Kyle Korver Stats, Video, Bio, Profile
  3. ^ New Jersey Nets Transactions 2002–03
  4. ^ Service projects net result of Kyle Korver T-shirt sales
  5. ^ a b Sixers Trade Korver to Jazz for Giricek, Future First-Rounder
  6. ^ Korver's 31 Points Lifts 76ers Over Bucks
  7. ^ Gelston, Dan (2007-02-21). "Korver Lights Up to Propel Sixers Past Knicks". Retrieved 2007-04-09. 
  8. ^ Sixers send Korver to Utah in Giricek swap
  9. ^ Deseret News, April 15, 2010
  10. ^ Korver's clutch shot cools Heat First-Rounder
  11. ^ Sharpshooter Korver emerges as clutch performer
  14. ^ Notebook: Hawks 108, Cavaliers 89
  15. ^ "Korver sets 3-point mark, Hawks beat Cavs 108-89". December 6, 2013. Retrieved December 9, 2013. 
  16. ^ a b Trail Blazers 102, Atlanta Hawks 78: Beyond the box score
  17. ^ a b c Vivlamore, Chris (February 14, 2013). "Kyle Korver: The making of a sharp-shooter". Atlanta Journal Constitution. Retrieved April 29, 2014. 
  18. ^ 76ers Drive For Kids
  19. ^ Kyle Korver Found Stardom Without Much Pressure From Parents[dead link]
  20. ^ a b c Kyle Korver Chat Transcript
  21. ^ a b Separated At Birth?
  22. ^ "Kyle Korver and Juliet Richardson - WeddingChannel Profile". Retrieved 2011-10-19. 
  23. ^ Hawks’ Kyle Korver Welcomes Baby Girl
  24. ^ UCLA’s Kari Korver To Miss Basketball Season
  25. ^ NBA 3-Point Shooting: Total 3-Point FG Made (2004–2005 season)
  26. ^ NBA Free-Throw Shooting Percentage (2006–2007 season)
  27. ^ Utah Jazz: Kyle Korver sets NBA record for 3-point accuracy

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