An obvious if flawed comparison for Kyle Korver would be Jason Kapono. The two of them are out and out shooting specialists, who don't do a lot else. They boast lovely jumpshot form and unflinching three point range, with not much else of a skillet to compliment that.
The difference is that Korver is slightly better at Kapono at everything. Whereas Kapono has a slow release and is kind of slow, Korver is slightly quicker, slightly more athletic and has a quicker release. He's better at shooting off of screens and better at getting himself open for looks, makes the extra pass better, rebounds more effectively, doesn't take the 23-foot two pointers that Kapono does, and is a better defensive player. Of course, that's not much of a boast, because both are bad at that. And neither has any semblance of an off-the-dribble game. Yet as specialist jumpshooting small forwards, they're very similar. And Korver gets the slight edge in all facets of the game. He can't defend anyone in an isolation situation, but he can and will rotate correctly. This counts for something.
- 10th November, 2009.