Going into last night’s game against the Atlanta Hawks, the Denver Nuggets made stopping sharpshooter Kyle Korver one of their top priorities.
Fortunately for them, Korver didn’t compete, as he was nursing a right great toe sprain he suffered on Sunday against the Los Angeles Lakers. Denver wound up winning by a final score of 104-88.
According to a report by Christopher Dempsey of The Denver Post, the Nuggets are very much interested in acquiring Kyle over the offseason, when he officially becomes an unrestricted free-agent.
Nuggets coach George Karl had some flattering words when asked about Korver prior to the game.
“You don’t have a lot of pin-down offenses anymore, for some reason the game’s gone to pick-and-roll and away from the execution of a pin-down,” Nuggets coach George Karl said. “You’ve got (J.J.) Reddick and some guys that come off of pin-downs but this kid right now moves without the ball as good as anybody in the NBA, and he will get his opportunity to be the first option in 10-15 minutes of the game that we’re going to have to be responsible and see how he’s shooting it. And then you can’t give them the open three, you can’t give him the ‘oh, what happened’ three. You’ve got to be ready. He’s a big part.”(Denver Post)
Denver currently ranks just 26th in the NBA in three-point shooting, which is surprising considering how efficient they are on offense, scoring 105.5 points a game, which is third in the league.
Korver would certainly help in that department, as he leads the NBA in shooting from behind-the-arc at 46.1%, which is a full percentage point ahead of Martell Webster of the Washington Wizards, who sits second.
Kyle holds the NBA record for the highest three-point shooting percentage in a season at 53.6%, which he achieved back in the 2009-10 season as a member of the Utah Jazz.
Kosta Koufas, a current member of the Denver Nuggets and a teammate of Korver’s during their time together in Utah, has nothing but the highest of praise for Kyle.
“He’s an unbelievable shooter, he’s so gifted with that,” Koufos said. “He just has a positive outlook to everything. That’s why he’s been so successful in the league. He’s just been working hard, day-in and day-out.”
Koufos raved about Korver as a teammate.
“He’s great guy,” Koufos said. “He’s what you think of a professional. He comes in, works hard, he’s very motivational, very positive, a great player. He’s one of the better teammates I’ve ever played with.”(Denver Post)