NBA Free Agency 2010: Top Destinations For Kyle Korver
So many free agents, so little time.
We have all heard about the big fella, but the role players need some love too. No championship team has been made without an excellent supporting cast.
Except maybe the 2006 Miami Heat. Dwyane Wade won going 1-on-5.
Although it seems like there is myriad of free agents abound this summer, one thing isn’t in great supply are three-point specialists.
However, Kyle Korver is the definition of the term. It wouldn’t surprise me if he practiced blindfolded. But who is the favorite to pull him in?
Meet Kyle Korver
Weight: 212 lbs
Experience: 6 years
2009-2010 Statistics: 18.3 mpg, 7.2 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 49.3 percent FG, 53.6 percent 3PFG
His stat line could include assists, steals and blocks like any other player.
If he ever got any of those.
Kyle Korver knows his job: shoot, shoot and shoot some more. No one is paying him to take control of the game, dribble drive, or play defense.
He’s one of the few players in the NBA who shoots a higher clip from distance than inside the arc, and that’s a gift and a curse. Obviously, being better than a coin flip to drain a three is awesome, but that’s if he isn’t blowing his assignment on defense.
So who’s going to take on Korver?
5) Cleveland Cavaliers
Hey Kyle! That pass could be coming to you!
Only if the Cavs can keep King James from bolting, which is a big if.
Let’s be honest about LeBron’s teammates. They are as reliable as Herbert Hoover. I wouldn’t trust them to carry James’ laundry, let alone play basketball with him.
The Cavaliers need confidence on the perimeter, and Korver has that in spades. He never hesitates to shoot, and for great reason.
He’s money from the land of wingo, just call him an ATM (Automatic Three Machine).
When you play with LeBron, there’s a ton of space to be open due to all the double teams. With Korver’s quick release, he can take advantage and force defenders to stay home.
But then again, they may not keep James.
4) Chicago Bulls
See that gold behind new coach Tom Thibodeau?
That’s what winners get! Kyle, don’t you want to be a winner?
If so, the Bulls are a great option. With Derrick Rose, Luol Deng, and So You Think You Can Dance Contest Joakim Noah, they are already taking steps to advance in the Eastern Conference.
But they don’t have a reliable three-point shooter. Yet.
Things are only going up in Chicago. With cap room to sign nearly two max free agents, the Bulls could pull James or Chris Bosh in, as well as some more solid role players.
So not only would Korver make bank, but he gets to play with a few of the best young superstars in the NBA.
Sounds like anyone would be happy being a sub on that team.
3) Oklahoma City Thunder
While I normally wouldn’t visit Oklahoma for anything but a cattle drive, Korver should book a plane ticket soon.
The Thunder is his best choice if he wants a perfect fit for his skills and more playing time. Thabo Sefolosha may have the starting shooting guard for now, but since he could build the Taj Mahal with all his bricks, Korver could give him a run for the spot.
In the playoffs, the Thunder struggled mightily with their outside shooting. They couldn’t spread the floor, and the Lakers packed the paint for victory.
But when Los Angeles played the Jazz, they had a specific guy chase around Kyle Korver, and the Creighton alumnus still netted three after three.
Getting to play next to Durant isn’t a bad consolation prize either.
2) Miami Heat
Dwyane Wade just needs a lot of help.
When you have only have three guys under contract, the Heat need bodies.
Korver would be a great addition.
Flash has been stuck over the past years driving to the hoop and dishing to the likes of Daequan Cook, Quentin Richardson and Antoine Walker. Yes, these players are great shooters from distance.
In the regular season.
Many of his spot-up shooters unraveled under the pressure of the playoffs, something which Wade can’t have if he wants a repeat 2006 performance. He loses trust in these guys, and has to take on teams all on his own.
Which he can do. But it’s not a guarantee.
Add in Korver, and it’s a great match. He has playoff experience, composure shooting under pressure, and a silky smooth jumper.
Turn that frown upside-down, D-Wade.
1) Los Angeles Clippers
This may seem like a strange choice, but take a look at this logic.
Everyone knows the Clippers are cursed with injuries. This likely means that no big time free agent will go to Staples Center’s loser stepchild.
Ergo, the Clippers will have a lot of money, and no one to spend it on. That’s where Korver comes in.
Knowing Donald Sterling, he is determined to spend all his cap room this summer, no matter who he signs. If Korver wants to go to the Clippers, he will probably get a bigger paycheck than anywhere else.
But with that fatty deal, Korver will get some PT. The only starting position not locked up in L.A. is small forward since they traded Al Thornton to the Wizards. Korver could start right away, even though he’s only started three times since 2006.
He could also get really lucky. With Baron Davis, Eric Gordon, Blake Griffin and Chris Kaman, the Clippers, on paper, are stacked. If they were to use their money on solid bench players and stay healthy, they could be a perennial playoff team.
Or they could be the Clippers as usual.
What’s more likely?