Shooting guard/small forward Kyle Korver is popular for his excellent three-point capabilities. He plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA after being drafted by New Jersey Nets as the 51st overall pick in the NBA draft of 2003. As a professional basketballer, Kyle has won the NBA Sportsmanship Award and was named NBA All-Star in 2015. Before joining the Cavaliers, he played for notable NBA teams such as Philadelphia 76ers, Atlanta Hawks, Chicago Bulls and Utah Jazz.
Who is Kyle Korver?
Kyle Elliot Korver was born in Paramount, California on March 17, 1981. He is the first of four sons born to his parents – Kevin Korver and Laine Korver. He was partly raised in Los Angeles before his family relocated to Pella, Iowa where he attended Pella High School. Korver developed an interest in basketball after watching the Showtime Lakers play. He was inspired by Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. While at Pella, Kyle, alongside his brothers wrapped up their high school career as top 10 in rebounds and scoring.
Upon graduation, Kyle enrolled at Creighton University where he also continued his basketball career. His first year in his college career as a baller, Kyle was named to the MVC All-Bench, All-Newcomer, and All-freshman teams. His rookie season came to an end with him averaging 8.8 points per game with a high percentage of field goals. The next year, he was named to the All-MVC second team which he led to the conference tournaments. Kyle finished the tournament with an average of 14.6 points per game and equally earned a spot on the MVC All-Tournament team.
At the end of his college career, Kyle Made history as a player with the highest three-pointers (129) in a single-season. He won the MVC Player of the Year, named to All-MVC and All-American second team. His 371 three-pointers became the MVC’s first and the sixth in NCAA history. He also graduated with a Visual Communications degree.
NBA Career Stats
Kyle Korver was picked by New Jersey Nets as the 51st overall selection of the NBA draft of 2003 and was re-traded immediately to the Philadelphia 76ers for $125,000. He later got a two-year contract with the 76ers and finished his first season with an average of 4 points in 11.9 minutes per game. Kyle led the NBA in three-pointers in 2004/05 and also set 76ers franchise record with 226 three-pointers in a season.
The following year, Kyle joined Utah Jazz on trade and stayed with the team for two and a half seasons before joining the Chicago Bulls in 2010. He appeared in 82 games for the Bulls and averaged 8.3 points, 1.8 rebounds per game in the first season. Kyle recorded his best game scoring 26 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists against his former team Utah Jazz. He was traded to Atlanta Hawks during the 2012/2013 season and there, he recorded his career-high with 189 three-pointers made for the Hawks.
In 2013, Kyle renewed his contract with the Hawks, striking a four-year deal worth $24 million. He further ended the 2013/14 season as the player with the highest three-pointers in the NBA. Next season, Kyle put up an outstanding performance surpassing Kobe Bryant on the all-time three-pointer list. He also got his first NBA All-Star selection but was ruled out for the rest of the season following an injury. He made his comeback during the 2015/16 season, surpassing Richard Lewis to rank No. 9 on the all-time best three-pointers. Kyle came off the bench to help the Hawks grab the win over Detroit Pistons in the 2016/17 season.
Kyle Korver was traded to the Cavaliers in the 2017/2018 season when he became the seventh baller in the history of NBA to reach 2,000 career three-pointers. The rest are Reggie Miller, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Jason Terry, Jamal Crawford and Vince Carter. Kyle helped the Cavaliers defeat Orlando Magic to reach the 2017 NBA Finals but they lost the finals to Golden State Warriors in five games.
Who is Kyle Korver’s Wife (Juliet Richardson)? Meet His Brother, and Son
Kyle Korver is the first of the four sons born to his parents. While they were growing up, all four siblings played basketball at the collegiate level. Klayton played as a point guard for the Drake Bulldogs and Kirk played forward position for the University of Missouri-Kansas City kangaroos while Kaleb and Kyle played for Creighton Bluejays.
However, Kyle and the rest of his family suffered a tragic loss in 2018 following the demise of his youngest brother, Kirk Korver. Kirk died of an undisclosed illness at the University of Iowa Hospital on March 20, 2018. He was 27 years at the time and played college basketball at the University of Missouri-Kansas City where he also graduated with honours in 2014.
In addition to Kyle’s splendid basketball career, he is also successful in his love life. He is happily married to an American singer named Juliet Richardson. Just like Kyle, Juliet was raised in a Catholic family where circular music for which she garnered fame for was highly prohibited. She first worked as a model before joining the rock band known as Band 1 Plus 1.
The amazing couple got hitched in a lavish wedding ceremony held on August 10, 2011. They have been blessed with three children already. They welcomed their first child, a daughter named Kyra Elyse on December 5, 2012. After two years, Kyle’s family welcomed their second bundle of joy, a son named Knox Elliot on October 4, 2014. Their last son Koen Korver was born on November 7, 2016. Kyle’s got an amazing family and his marriage is regarded as one of the most successful in the NBA.