The Milwaukee Bucks are signing free agent guard Kyle Korver to a one-year deal worth $2.6 million. The deal was first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Wojnarowski is citing Korver’s agent Jeff Schwartz are being the one who told ESPN about the deal.
Korver is an interesting fit with Milwaukee. This past season Milwaukee attempted 38.2 threes per game, which was good for second in all of basketball. It just so happens that Korver specializes in shooting the three ball, posting a career three-point percentage of 42.9%. He has also been consistently over the 40% mark over the last few seasons besides this past one where he shot 39.7%. That’s despite him getting older and now being 38-years old.
How the Bucks Signing Korver Impacts Their Offense
There’s no reason for this not to be a great fit. As mentioned, the Bucks shoot a lot of three-points, Korver is a great three-point shooter, and Korver has played for coach Mike Budenholzer in his career already in their days in Atlanta.
Make no mistake about it, the Milwaukee offense is built around Giannis Antetokounmpo. With that being said, he is not the greatest shooter. So having as much shooting around Antetokounmpo as possible is huge.
Milwaukee took that approach this season and it paid dividends. If Antetokounmpo has more shooting around him it makes it easier for him to get to the basket. It’s really just simple spacing.
How This Impacts Defense
Since the Bucks are signing Kyle Korver, it has to be looked at how he will impact things on both sides of the floor.
Korver isn’t thought of as the best defender, but his defensive metrics rank better than most would think. Nobody is going to confuse him for Kawhi Leonard. However, Korver is a veteran that generally knows where to be on the floor.
Milwaukee was the top-rated defensive team last season, so adding Korver shouldn’t change that much at all.
This is a great fit. Korver is a great option for any contending team and Milwaukee is exactly that. Korver has played in a lot of playoff games and has pretty much seen it all in the NBA.
He should help them when it comes to trying to take the next step and make it to an NBA Finals.
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