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The expectations the Bulls' management has for Kyle Korver are pretty simple to summarize: 1) Do a good job coming off screens. 2) Shoot if open (meaning, if there will be at least 0.5 seconds of time wherein Kyle can catch, turn and shoot.) 3) Make a good percentage of your shots. 4) Pass the ball if you aren't given enough room to shoot.
Defensively, Korver can be a liability—not because of his heart and effort but because of his speed and size. Korver is slower and weighs less than many of the small forwards he plays against. But what Korver gives up defensively, he makes up for in basketball IQ and shooting ability.
Korver has averaged 8.0 points on 42.6% shooting (43.0% from three-point,) 2.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.2 blocks in 22.6 minutes per game prior to Wednesday night's game. Korver has been able to stay healthy and play in all 65 games this season.
Though he has only started 7 games this season, Korver has been given a lot of run by coach Tom Thibodeau this year, having played at least 24 minutes in 27 games this season. Although he isn't a great defender, Korver is a key piece on a team that boasts the lowest points allowed, second lowest allowed field goal percentage and the greatest rebounding differential.
Primarily used to stretch defenses, Korver is the 11th best in the league in three-point percentage and three-pointers made this season.
Korver's best game came against his old team, the Utah Jazz, on March 10, scoring 26 points on 10-16 shooting (6-11 from three-point) and added 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 block and 1 steal.
Though he is a lights-out shooter, Korver can often find himself in multi-game slumps. At the end of January, Korver had five games in a row where he shot less than 50 percent and scored less than 10 points. Korver needs playing time to shoot consistently, which may be a problem in the playoffs when Thibodeau relies more heavily on his starters. Many would point at Korver's defense as a struggle, but in my opinion, he tries hard on the defensive end and does what Thibodeau asks of him.
In the playoffs, the Bulls will need some big shots at key moments and if Derrick Rose is rusty and Deng is affected by his injury, Korver will be called upon to make those shots. If Korver can come through for the Bulls in those situations, he will be loved by fans and management alike. But, if like last year, Korver's shooting falls off during the playoffs, the Bulls may consider moving him to clear cap space in the offseason.