Kyle Korver on pace for greatest shooting season in NBA history
As the Sixers continue to identify viable pieces to the puzzle that is the future of the franchise, one area that obviously needs addressing is outside shooting.
The Sixers are 29th overall league-wide in three-point shooting percentage, despite taking the 11th most per game. The emergence of Robert Covington has helped the cause, but still, more consistent shooters are needed.
One guy who is not struggling to shoot is former Sixer, and current Hawk, Kyle Korver, who is currently on pace to post the greatest shooting season in NBA history. Korver is currently shooting 51% from the field, 52% from three-point range, and an impressive 91% from the foul line – a true shooting percentage of 73. If the season ended today, that true shooting percentage would be the highest in history for anyone who has taken more than 300 shots in a season.
The only other player to ever shoot at least 50% from the field, 50% from three, and 90% from the foul line is current Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who accomplished the feat in 1996 as a member of the Chicago Bulls. Kerr however played far fewer minutes – 23.4 per game – than Korver, who is averaging over 33 minutes of action per contest this season, and also had a lower true shooting percentage.
The season is far from over, but if Korver continues on his current pace, his 2014-15 season will go down in the books as one of the greatest displays of shooting in NBA history.
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