SWORD MAGAZINE 5
Do you consider the 2003 Draft class the best ever?
Korver: Do I consider the 2003 Draft class the
best ever? Yes, absolutely!
What was Draft night like for you?
Korver: Draft night for me – I watched it in my
dorm in college. And it started off with just me
and a friend, because I knew I probably wasn’t
going to get picked right away. I thought it was
going to be a little later. But, you know, you
watch the whole thing. You never know what
might happen, so you gotta
And so, I’m watching and,
as the night goes on, people
are just showing up to my
dorm room -- like more
and more people. And I’m
not getting picked. And so
everyone is coming to my
room expecting this, like,
great moment -- and instead
everyone’s just getting quieter
and quieter. Like: ‘Is he gonna
get picked?’ ‘Should we leave
if he doesn’t get picked?’
It was really awkward.
Then a news camera showed
up in my dorm room and
there’s all these people there.
And I got picked during the last commercial
break. During the commercial break! They came
back and I was like the bottom of the ticker:
“Pick 51: Kyle Korver.”
And obviously we all lost our minds in the
moment and were cheering.
It actually said New Jersey, but I was actually
traded to Philly right away. I didn’t know that
at the time, but it was pretty awesome. I mean,
it’s always a big moment, but when you go from
thinking you might not get picked to getting
drafted made it extra special. Everyone was
cheering and going nuts right there in my
dorm -- Kietwit Hall, Creighton University.
In terms of players, what was the composition of
the Sixers when you got there?
Korver: When I got there, it was pretty much a
Me and Willie Green were rookies together, we
were both second round picks. And there were a
couple other guys who were maybe three or four
years in. Otherwise, there
was a bunch of older guys
-- and a bunch of them had
made it to the Finals a couple
years before. So it was that
kind of locker room.
And so I was pretty
intimidated in the beginning,
you know. But a couple of
guys really took me under
their wing and kind of
showed me the ropes and
took care of me – brought
me out to dinner on the road,
talked to me about life in the
And when that happens
to you, you think: ‘Man,
someday, if I’m a veteran I’m
totally going to do that for young guys.’ Because
what they did for me was just the biggest deal.
I think the coach got fired like a month in. And
it was a transitional year for the Sixers, we didn’t
win a lot of games.
We ended up only having nine healthy bodies.
They called us “the City Line 9” because our
practice was on City Line Avenue. I actually
started a game at center or power forward. We
had NO bodies, but I got a lot of playing time