After the aftermath of the crazy free-agency moves of Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, and Kyrie Irving, the spotlight began to glow on the 6’7″ shooting guard from the Jazz — Kyle Korver. Korver’s been playing in the NBA since 2003, but perhaps the peak of his popularity could be to while he was on the Cleveland Cavaliers. There he helped LeBron James make it to the NBA Finals in 2017 and 2018. Even though he didn’t win a championship with the team, he still was in the infamous Cavs-Warriors rivalry. Kyle is an extremely dependable shooting guard that can pretty much make a shot off of whatever situation is thrown at him. In fact, he holds the NBA record for the best 3-point percentage in a season with 53.6% of his threes made on that season (Basketball Reference). He also has had the best three-point percentage in the league in 2010, 2014, 2015, and 2017. So it’s safe to say that he is the real deal!
Many people rumored a possible reunion with LeBron in Los Angeles, but Korver decided to take a different route. The news broke yesterday about his decision:
Kyle Korver has decided to join the reigning NBA MVP, Giannis Antetokounmpo, in Milwaukee for one year. This is huge!
Giannis may be the MVP, but he is not a great shooter. He can drive to the hoop and finish whenever he wants — or he can even dunk over pretty much anyone one, but that still doesn’t mean that he can’t shoot very well. That’s where Kyle Korver comes in. Kyle Korver didn’t have to be the best player on the Cleveland Cavaliers, he just had to compensate for where LeBron was lacking, which also happened to be the shooting department. Then they were unstoppable! Together Korver and Antetokounmpo are going to be an extremely dominant duo in the league. I can’t think of another duo in the Eastern Conference that is as devastating as this one (with exception of KD and Kyrie, but since Durant probably won’t play next year because of injury I am not including them).
Last season, the Bucks did not make it to the 2019 NBA Finals because they lost in the Eastern Conference Finals to the Toronto Raptors — who would go on to win the NBA title. The difference this year will be that the 2019 NBA Finals MVP, Kawhi Leonard, will not be on the Raptors, or in the Eastern Conference for that matter. He joined the Los Angeles Clippers this summer. So that detail, in addition to the fact that the Bucks have added a rockstar shooter to their squad, makes me think that they will be the team to beat in the East next year…