Posted by: Andy-Larsen on March 25th, 2010The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
We all know that Kyle Korver is a fantastic shooter. However, what he has been doing this season, since coming back from injury, is nothing short of remarkable. His averages are well above any previous production in his 6 years in the NBA. Let’s take a deeper look, and we’ll do it bullet-point style.
Field Goal Percentage
- His field goal percentage is at 51.7% for the season
- That is 8% higher than his career average(43.1%), and a full 4% than his previous best season ever.
- No one currently on the Jazz has had a season in which they shot 8% better than their career average. Fesenko, last year, shot 5.5% better, although that was somewhat of a fluke given that he played only 150 minutes all season. Even players who we regard as inconsistent from season to season, like Andrei Kirilenko, has only had a season in which he shot 3.8% better than his average. Kyle Korver’s 8.6% improvement is on a whole other level.
3 Point Percentage
- Korver is currently shooting 55.2% from 3, and has shot enough attempts (87) to qualify for the NBA lead.
- The next highest on the list, Boobie Gibson, has shot 47.6%.
- If Korver missed his next 13 threes, he would still hold the NBA lead this season.
- If Korver missed his next 13 threes, he would still hold the Jazz all-time record in 3P%, over Jeff Hornacek, who shot 47.8% in 1999-2000.
- If Korver keeps this percentage up for the rest of the season, he would easily become the record-holder for the best single-season 3P% in NBA history (the record is held by Steve Kerr, with 52.3% of his shots falling during the 1994-1995 season).
- No other current Jazzman has ever shot a higher 3P% than FG%. In fact, as far as I can find, no other Jazzman has done that ever, with at least 50 attempts.
- His current 3p% his 14.2 percent higher than his career average of 41.0%.
- Again, I can’t find anyone with a comparable differential. Memo’s season last year seems to be the closest, he shot 7% better than his career average. That’s not even close. Stockton once had a season in which he shot 46.2%, in which he shot 7.8% better than his career average. 14.2% is out of this world.
- He’s been clutch. This is a severe sample size warning, but in games with 5 minutes left or less, with the Jazz either leading or trailing by 5 or less, he’s made 83.3% of his FGs.
- He’s also made 100% of his free throws in those situations.
Free Throw Shooting
- Given all of this, his free throw shooting has been off. He’s shooting 76.9 percent, 11% worse than his career average, though in only 39 attempts.
- That being said, it’s much, much easier to find free-throw shooting anomalies like this. Early career Karl Malone, Fesenko, Andrei Kirilenko, even CJ Miles have all had similar problems.
Let’s be clear here, most of these statistics are amazing, but they’re unlikely to continue. I don’t expect Kyle Korver to have become the greatest shooter ever, overnight. However, he’s gotten such a head start on most of them that some of these records that he currently holds are likely to stand, given that there are only 11 games left in the season. We should expect some regression to the mean, however, and expect Korver to be more like the 43%/41%/88% shooter that he has been for the rest of his career. He simply can’t keep up 52%/55%/77% much longer.
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