Kyle Korver jokes that he barely knew what he was doing in second Jazz debut
Kyle Korver had a strong debut for the Utah Jazz, helping them edge out the Charlotte Hornets on Friday with a 119-111 victory. The sharpshooting Korver seemed to fit in nicely with the Jazz, notching 14 points and nailing four 3-pointers off the bench as he begins his second stint in Salt Lake City.
However, the former All-Star jokingly admitted that he barely knew what he was doing throughout his 21 minutes on the floor, per Eric Woodyard of the Deseret News.
Kyle Korver made the debut of his second tenure with the Utah Jazz, posting 14 points on 5-for-7 shooting off the bench in a 119-111 Jazz win vs. Charlotte. "I knew what I was doing maybe a quarter of the time," he admitted, laughing. pic.twitter.com/0bWwi8Urqn
— Eric Woodyard (@E_Woodyard) December 1, 2018
The Jazz acquired Korver in a trade that sent guard Alec Burks along with a couple of second-round picks to Cleveland. Korver reportedly requested for a trade to a contender following LeBron James’ departure from Cleveland. Since then, the sweet-shooting guard has been on the trading block as the Cavs steer towards developing their younger players.
With Korver in town, Utah gets a much-needed boost to its shooting woes. The Jazz are one of the worst shooting teams in the league, shooting just a shade under 33 percent from downtown, which ranks 27th.
In comes Korver, who is one of the best and most efficient 3-point shooters in NBA history, and is still pretty effective despite playing in his age-37 season. In his 16 years in the league, Korver has converted on around 43 percent of his 3s and currently ranks sixth in league history in terms of percentage.
Thus, Korver’s addition seems like a perfect complement to this Jazz squad, and he can help address their shooting struggles. Moreover, Korver’s great locker room presence gives Utah’s relatively young core a veteran to look up to.
The veteran’s second stint in Utah is off to an encouraging start. Will Kyle Korver be the answer to finally turn the Jazz’s 2018-19 campaign around?