The Nuggets spent an significant amount of time today making sure everyone was on the same page to stop a particularly potent shooter – Atlanta guard Kyle Korver.
He is the NBA’s deadliest 3-point shooter, nailing 46.2 percent of his tries this season. He is the kind of player the Nuggets would love to have on their roster to bolster an area that has been lacking this season. The Nuggets are 27th in the NBA in 3-point field goal percentage.
Here’s the kicker: Next season, Korver could be a Nugget.
Think of this in similar terms to the Andre Iguodala saga. The Nuggets had interest in Iguodala, then with Philadelphia, at the trade deadline in 2012 and ended up being part of a trade that brought him to Denver in the summer.
Korver, an unrestricted free agent in his 10th year in the NBA, is expected to be one of the Nuggets top targets in the offseason as the team actively courts players who can fill that shooting void. Denver won’t be the only team looking to gain his services, but if the money is right (Korver makes $5 million this season) the situation might be hard for the sharpshooter, who grew up in Pella, Iowa, to turn down.
Shots figure to be much easier to come by in a system where guard Ty Lawson’s driving is so respected that he sucks defenders into the lane, and other players capable of hitting from long range – Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Corey Brewer – make it so that he would be difficult to devote additional resources to slowing just Korver down in the manner that the Nuggets are expected to try tonight.
“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.”
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