Seasons: 4 1/3
Stats: Roughly 11 PTS, 3 REB, 41% 3FG, 87% FT
Accolades: Lead NBA in Free-Throw Percentage, 2006-07
Kyle Korver comes first, which means he was ranked last among the players that I ranked. While Korver was a fan-favorite, he wasn’t a star. For the most part, he was a sixth man, a role in which he excelled. A player like Kyle only has so much value. But given the lack of quality at the back end of the list, there’s no one better to start the series off than Kyle, a decent role-player.
Korver had one NBA skill: shooting. He can shoot the lights out, especially from behind the three-point line. He mastered running off screens which, despite his athletic deficiencies, allowed him to get decent looks while running around the floor. Combined with Andre Miller’s dart-like passing, Korver became the center of the offense during the time he spent on the floor.
As I mentioned, though, Korver was very one-dimensional. He had that role he could fill, and then otherwise he was mostly a weak link. Korver tried hard on defense. He really did. He was actually a smart team-defender who took quite a few charges. But he couldn’t keep up with anyone he tried to. He was so un-athletic relative to the competition that offense-defense substitutions became the norm with him on the team. His rotations to open shooters were too slow to really make an impact. But he did try.
Korver’s overall impact isn’t as big as it appeared to me initially. He only played for one playoff team and played horribly in the one playoff series. He played 30+ minutes per game for 3 seasons, averaging a high of 14.4 points in the third of those seasons. By all accounts, the Sixers offense performed much better with him than without him on the floor. And he was memorable, in that Sixers fans really seem to like white people (I’m not kidding – this is largely true). So Korver takes the number 30 spot.