Bucks Only Get Stronger With Kyle Korver Addition
On Friday, I had a blog post about asking the Tappers who they would rather have – J.R. Smith or Kyle Korver? It was all over the map. Some said both, and others went either J.R. or Kyle. It turns out it wasn’t a coincidence that Giannis Antetokounmpo worked out with Korver last week. Bucks added him on a one-year deal, and the veteran sharpshooter rejoins his former coach, Mike Budenholzer. Milwaukee needed another wing who could shoot from deep, and they’ve got just that in Korver. Milwaukee gets a major boost off their bench, and the hope will be that he can fit in just fine with a system that he’s been familiar with plus why his defense might not be much of a worry.
Korver thrived in Budenholzer’s system as he played under him for almost the entire five years he spent in Atlanta. Korver went to Cleveland halfway through Bud’s last year in Atlanta. He had some amazing years during that time. The former Creighton standout shot 47 and 49 percent from three in two of those four in a half years. The other two featured him as a 39 and 40 percent shooter. For his career, he is a 42.9 shooter from deep. Now, there could be worries about him being washed up being at the age of 38 heading into 39, but he will not be required to do much for Milwaukee besides shooting the ball. He is a catch-and-shoot assassin. With a guy like Giannis Antetokounmpo, there are going to be many opportunities for him to hit wide-open threes.
The defense is a worry, but Bucks have enough guys around him to mitigate those concerns. They have several good defenders to make up for one shitty one. If he is with a full bench squad, there is Pat Connaughton, Robin Lopez, and George Hill. If he is with the starters, Eric Bledsoe, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Brook Lopez are all good enough to help him out. Korver’s defense is not a big concern.
Bucks checked everything off their checklist this offseason. Some might be mad or concerned that Malcolm Brogdon is not on this team but they did everything else to make this team better.