The Cleveland Cavaliers are finalizing a deal to acquire sharpshooter Kyler Korver from the Hawks for Mike Dunleavy Jr and a first round pick.
For years now, Korver has been one of the most lethal three point shooters in the league. His effortless stroke has been a staple for the Atlanta Hawks and the success they have been able to pile-up over the years. Korver’s ability to shoot threes on the move in addition to delivering some clutch baskets have propelled him in the “greatest shooters of all-time” conversation. But what does Korver’s addition really do for the Cavs?
When you think of the Cavaliers, one name comes to mind more than anything, LeBron James. For years now (since he came into the league back in 2003), “The King” has been the best basketball player on the planet. With three championships, three Finals MVPs, four time NBA MVPs, and a slew of other awards and accolades, James has all but etched his name in the greatest of all-time list. From his physical strength to his second-to-none basketball IQ, James’ best quality might just be how he distributes the ball to the players around him.
Korver is most lethal in catch-and-shoot threes (shooting nearly 46 percent for his career). Yes he can shot off screens and picks, but his bread and butter is posting up behind the three point line and waiting for the perfect pass before knocking down a triple. Playing alongside LeBron James (arguably the best passer in basketball) Korver will have more than enough open looks that he and the Cavs will be able to capitalize on.
J.R Smith is a key piece to the engine that makes the Cavs great. Smith was by far their best and most trusted three point shooter and it showed in the finals last year. One reason for the 3-1 comeback the Cavs accomplished against the Warriors because Smith found his rhythm and began raining down threes. This year was no different for Smith, as he led the team in both three pointers attempted and made. When Smith went down with a broken finger (which will cause him to miss up to 6 months), the Cavs did not have a back-up that could fill the scoring void left by Smith. Now with Korver, Cleveland has a more than capable sharpshooter to “fill-in” until Smith’s return.
Does Kyler Korver help the Cavaliers in defense? Not at all. It does add some pop to an already dangerous attack with Korver, Smith (when he gets back), Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving, and Channing Frye surrounding LeBron as shooters. Cleveland has more than enough fire power to be a major threat from deep if (and when) they gear up for a finals rematch with the Dubs in June.