ROOKIE TALES …
WITH KYLE KORVER
When he watched his name flash across the bottom of the screen on ESPN’s
scrolling ticker – the 51st pick of the 2003 Draft – there’s no way Kyle Korver could
have known he’d go on to become one of the greatest long-distance shooters in
But 16 seasons later, that’s exactly where Korver’s
The Lakewood, California native came into the
2018-19 season having canned 2,213 career
three-pointers – good for 4th on the NBA’s
all-time list, 2nd among active players. His .431
percentage from long-range is also 6th on the
league’s all-time list, 2nd-best among active
players. The league’s four-time three-point
shooting champ has drilled over 100 triples 13
times in his career, including each of his last
If franchises had known then what we know now
about Cleveland’s man with a very particular
set of skills, he never would’ve lasted until the
51st pick – even in what’s widely-considered the
greatest Draft in NBA history.
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But that’s where he went – selected by the
New Jersey Nets (and immediately traded to
Philadelphia) after dominating the Missouri
Valley Conference, winning MVC Player of the
Year honors as a senior after leading Creighton
to the NCAA Tournament in each of his four
seasons in Omaha.
Korver landed with a Sixers team in turmoil.
Future Hall of Famer Allen Iverson was just
beginning to tangle with management and the
media, and there was a coaching change midway
through that first season.
It wasn’t an easy freshman season for Kyle
Korver. But he made it through – and then piled
another 15 successful campaigns on top of it.
For Sword Magazine, here’s his Rookie Tale …
BY JOE GABRIELE