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Kyle Korver nearing NBA record for three-pointers made in consecutive games

Nov 25, 2013, 9:01 PM EDT

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Kyle Korver has always been known as one of the league’s more consistent three-point shooters throughout his NBA career.

Now in his 12th season, he seems to be getting better with age.

Korver is shooting 52.9 percent from three-point distance so far this season, after finishing at 45.7 percent last year, which was good enough for second overall behind Jose Calderon.

But beyond the high percentage, Korver’s consistency is something to be marveled at. And he’s approaching an NBA record that will reflect it if he can simply hit a single three-point shot in each of his next two games.

From Jeff Zilgitt of USA Today:

Korver has made a three-pointer in 87 consecutive regular-season games and he’s two games and two three-pointers shy of tying Dana Barros’ record of 89 set in the 1994-95 and 1995-96 seasons. …

Korver can tie Barros with a three-pointer Tuesday against the Orlando Magic and another Wednesday at the Houston Rockets. He can break the record Friday at home against the Dallas Mavericks. …

“One of the things that is unnoticed is how hard he works when he’s on the court to find open spots,” Ferry told USA TODAY Sports. “He’s in tremendous physical condition. He’s a better athlete than people understand. He can really run. That allows him to get to spots and to find openings.”

SportVu has the data to prove it. Korver is among the league leaders is distance traveled (34.4 miles) and distance traveled per 48 minutes (3.5 miles).

The fact that everyone knows Korver is looking for the three and yet he still manages to get good open looks is a testament to his work ethic, as well as his quick release and ability to knock down shots that are contested at a very high percentage.

The game’s best players and number one options on their respective teams would never be able to secure a record like this, considering all the attention the defense pays them to make other players step up on a nightly basis. It takes a player like Korver to be able to get loose on the perimeter consistently to have a shot at it, but the skill required to achieve it still makes it an extremely impressive accomplishment.

  1. mimaiheatdynasty - Nov 25, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    Ray Allen is still the best shooter ever.

    • asimonetti88 - Nov 25, 2013 at 9:35 PM

      I think you have to talk about Larry Bird, Rick Barry, Reggie Miller and Steve Nash in this conversation as well.

    • antistratfordian - Nov 25, 2013 at 10:02 PM

      You mean three point shooter, certainly. There are better midrange shooters than Ray Allen.

      But there can be others in that greatest three point shooter argument as well (like Reggie Miller). Not Steve Nash though. And Larry Bird didn’t make enough of them (different league in his day – nothing he can do about that).

      • asimonetti88 - Nov 25, 2013 at 11:35 PM

        Yes, Steve Nash, who is the all-time leader in 50-40-90 seasons with 4 (keeping in mind Larry Bird is the only other player to have more than 1) and missed two other seasons by 0.1 FT% and 0.3 3P%… shouldn’t be in this conversation.

      • antistratfordian - Nov 26, 2013 at 12:51 AM

        Well, he shouldn’t. He hasn’t made enough threes. Clearly.

      • eventhorizon04 - Nov 26, 2013 at 12:35 AM

        The quality of a shooter isn’t measured simply by shooting percentage. Volume matters a lot too.

        Steve Nash has always been a pass-first point guard, so he didn’t take many shots in general or 3-pointers in particular.

        Nash has 3928 3-point attempts, 1682 makes, at a 42.8% clip, in 1208 games.
        Allen has 7162 3-point attempts, 2874 makes, at a 40.1% clip, in 1237 games.

        Who is the better 3-point shooter – the guy who shoots 40% and takes six 3-pointers per game, or the guy who shoots 43% but only takes three 3’s per game?

      • antistratfordian - Nov 26, 2013 at 3:40 PM

        Steve Nash has always been a pass-first point guard, so he didn’t take many shots in general or 3-pointers in particular.

        Too bad for Nash. That’s what will keep him out of the “greatest three point shooter of all-time” conversation.

        Who is the better 3-point shooter

        One of these two guys has led the league in three point makes 3 times (NBA record), made over 200 threes in a season 5 times (NBA record – no one else has done that more than twice), holds the record for most consecutive seasons leading the league in three pointers made, and – you know – has made more threes than any other player in history. Whoever that guy is, he would be the better 3 point shooter. Also…

        Ray Allen has 48 games of 6+ three pointers made (NBA record). Nash 11.
        Ray Allen has 22 games of 7+ three pointers made (NBA record). Nash 5.
        Ray Allen has 9 games of 8+ three pointers made (NBA record). Nash 1.

        The willingness to shoot them matters – the opportunities to shoot them matters. It’s not enough just to be good at it, you also had to be prolific. If you’re not both, you do not belong in the conversation. Because if you’re going to argue that Nash is a better three point shooter than Ray Allen then you can argue that Kyle Korver is better than Ray Allen for the same reasons – or any number of other players who shot a higher percentage but didn’t make nearly as many – but that would be equally absurd.

      • sportsfan18 - Nov 26, 2013 at 6:44 AM


        Larry Bird – Career 3 pt made, attempted and percentage

        649 made 1727 made .376%

        Steve Nash – Career 3 pt made, attempted and percentage

        1,682 made 3,928 attempted .428%

        Yes, Ray Allen has taken even more than Nash, quite a lot but Nash has taken quite a few too. I mean just look at his attempts vs. Bird’s.

      • antistratfordian - Nov 26, 2013 at 3:12 PM

        Yes, I am aware of these things. Bird led the league in three point makes at least one season though – Allen and Miller did that multiple times. Nash never. But neither Bird or Nash really didn’t make enough to be in that convo in the end.

        I mean just look at his attempts vs. Bird’s.

        That was my point about the league in Bird’s day. In his day that was plenty. He led the league in three pointers made while never making over 100 in any season (Allen has made over 200 in five different seasons – Miller did that once).

        And you really shouldn’t include the late 70s and early 80s when you’re tallying three point credentials. It was still in beta at that point. The league didn’t really figure out how to incorporate the three until at least the mid 80s.

  2. ramrodmclean - Nov 25, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Those guys might be great shooters, but how far can they run?

    • eventhorizon04 - Nov 26, 2013 at 12:39 AM

      ….Conditioning is a very important characteristic of a shooter. Good defenses generally don’t let 3-point shooters get open, which is why shooters space the floor even when they don’t have the ball.

      Therefore, to get an open look, a team generally has a shooter run without the ball and use screens to slow down his defender. That much off-the-ball movement requires good conditioning. Ray Allen talks often about how important his conditioning is to his continued success.

      • ramrodmclean - Nov 26, 2013 at 3:21 PM

        I was merely commenting on how overblown SportsVu’s impact has become. By recording the distance each player travels in a game, they have confirmed that you have to be in good shape to be a professional basketball player.

  3. thekingdave - Nov 26, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    You guys really should ban 14 year olds from commenting. No mention of Dale Ellis? Laughable.

  4. spacemaker101 - Nov 26, 2013 at 3:25 AM

    To bad y’all are arguing with a guy that’s name is mimaiheatdynasty Haha he prolly thinks heat are gonna pull a three peat too.

  5. tcclark - Nov 26, 2013 at 7:27 AM

    can you imagine if one of these highly athletic players put in the effort, practice, and conditioning that Kyle Korver has put in to become a phenomenal shooter? Can you imagine if Lebron or D Wade had this kind of jumper? Run Wade around the screen, if the defender holds tight or overcommits, Wade will drive right by him, if he gives him room the jumper is almost automatic. You have to give guys like Korver credit who have had to work on a craft for their entire life to get into the NBA while other guys like Derrick Williams have almost no skills and all talent and were drafted #2 overall.

    • davidly - Nov 26, 2013 at 8:02 AM

      What is it with you people?

    • knickshater - Nov 26, 2013 at 10:01 AM

      I know, right? Those black guys. Don’t put in a single day’s work to get in the NBA. Only white guys work hard to get in the NBA.

      (Sarcasm, btw).

      • tcclark - Nov 26, 2013 at 7:32 PM

        This has nothing to do with race. This has everything to do with styles of game. Kyle Korver, Reggie Miller, Ray Allen, Larry Bird etc. had to put in years of work to become phenomenal shooters. You aren’t born a great shooter. You can however be born with great athleticism. A guy like Gerald Green came into the NBA with some of the craziest athleticism anyone has ever seen. He had breezed through high school having to put little work into his game and it affected him when he came into the league with very little skill. It took him years develop the skills to be an everyday NBA player.

        Kyle Korver on the other hand does not have the athleticism that other NBA players have. He had to get drafted by being great at one thing, shooting. In order to be that kind of shooter you need to put in years of dedicated practice at an early age. You need to find a proper shooting form from the beginning and continue shooting that way for the rest of your life. Korver’s jumper is fundamentally perfect. His shoulders are always square to the basket, he keeps his feet shoulders width apart, gets good lift from his legs, keeps his elbow in, keeps the ball off his palm, and has a great follow through. On top of that, he’s practiced the motion of catching and shooting so much that he is able to catch the ball, square up, and shoot in under a second. I once saw him shoot a game tying three in New Orleans back in 05. He caught the ball turned around and shot in under .4 seconds. It was reviewed for a while but it was clear that he was able to catch and shoot a turn-around three in roughly .3 seconds. That takes dedication.

        This was not intended to be an attack on Lebron, Dwayne Wade, or any other athletic players who makes their living off of drives. Frankly it’s smarter basketball to do it that way. I’m just a guy who appreciates the art of the jump shot and the hard work that guys like Korver had to put in to get into the league. Unfortunately, the majority of the great shooters in the league lack elite athleticism. The reason Ray Allen has been such a great player throughout his career is that he has athleticism and a drive game to counteract his jump shot. While he has been hall of fame good, he still lacks elite athleticism. Can you just imagine what Lebron would be like if he had a Korver-esque jumper to go along with the rest of his game. He could average 50 per game without breaking a sweat.

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