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What The Kyle Korver Trade Means To CLE/ATL

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How the Korver trade affects the Cavs and Hawks

Kyle Korver

2017 has not left NBA fans feeling unsatisfied thus far. From Julius Randle’s triple-double. Westbrook’s 49 points in an epic (loss) showdown against James Harden. Giannis’ buzzer beater in the Garden. And Marco Bellinelli took a page out of the Chauncey Billups’ guide to playing in the NBA. But nothing was as head-scratching (while also insanely brilliant) as the trade that sent Kyle Korver to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (as first reported by The Vertical), The Atlanta Hawks have agreed to a deal that will send Kyle Korver to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for Mo Williams, Mike Dunleavy, and a top 10 protected first-round pick in 2019.

According to AJC, the Hawks are looking to move Dunleavy to another team while Mo Williams has yet to play in a game for Cleveland so far this season.

Now what does this mean for Atlanta?


Mike Dunleavy has played in 23 games for the Cavaliers this season while averaging 4.6 points and 2.0 rebounds in just under 16 minutes per game. Dunleavy is still a good shooter, but is he valuable enough to have on the floor consistently?

Like I stated earlier, Mo Williams has yet to play in a single minute for the Cavs which is not exactly a player they are looking to throw on the floor for extended minutes.

So essentially, Atlanta traded away their best shooter for a pick (albeit, a first rounder) which can only mean one thing.

The Atlanta Hawks are officially tanking.

The Hawks are beginning the “tanking” process and it seems like it’s only a matter of time before Paul Millsap is traded and the whole ship goes down.

Only two years removed from a 60-win season, and they have to break the band up. It’s amazing what the existence of Lebron has done to his opponents. If you don’t have the superstars, you can’t beat him, and even when you think you get close, one of the greatest shooters of our generation will join him in Cleveland in exchange for hardly everything. But such is life. 


So now, what does this mean for Cleveland?


How good of a pickup is Kyle Korver, exactly?

It’s good, actually it’s really good. Like really good. 

Cavs GM, David Griffin, deserves an award for this.

Kyle Korver, who is 35 years old, is currently averaging 9.5 PPG and 2.8 RPG in about 28 MPG while shooting 44% from the field and 40.1% from three (while taking 5 threes a game).

He is still one of the premier shooters in this league and his stats live up to it. He’s a deadly shooter, especially coming off screens, and can spread the floor even more than the Cavs did before.

Imagine, Lebron James has the ball at the top of the key and surrounding him is Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, Channing Frye, and Kyle Korver (or even Mike Dunleavy JR Smith when healthy) and the best defense in this instance would be to let Lebron walk down the lane for a two-point layup. 

Defensively, Korver isn’t much (if anything) to rely on, but the recent rise of DeAndre Liggins has helped aid Cleveland in that area. 

This trade doesn’t put “Cleveland over the top” and we shouldn’t go ahead and anoint them as Champions because they acquired Kyle Korver. The trade will help upgrade the Cavs scoring threat until JR returns but it doesn’t help them at their most-needed position of backup point guard.

Even so, the Cavs have definitely improved off this one and it’ll be fun to see how Korver meshes with the play style of Lebron and whether the transition is smooth or silky smooth.


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(Stats via Basketball-Reference)