Summer Reading is a series on what each Philadelphia Seventy-Sixer needs to do this off season in order to bring the Sixers back to the playoffs in ‘07–08. Each member of the Sixers will get a reading list, we’ll start with Bobby Jones, and end with Andre Iguodala (Least minutes per game to most).
Vital stats: 31 minutes per game, 44% from the field, 43% from three, 91% from the line, 3.5 reb/game, 1.4 assts/game, 0.77 steals/game, .27 blocks/game, 14.4 points/game.
Suggested reading: Shooter by Jack Coughlin et al, The Sixth Man by Jess Stearn, 101 Agility Drills by Patrick McHenry and Joel Raether.
Extra credit: Defender by C. J. Cherryh.
Suggested viewing: Thr3e.
The Rub: When Kyle Korver first came into the league he was a three-point shooter and nothing else. Every year, he’s added to his game. This season he improved his shooting percentage from the floor, the line and three point range. This is quite an accomplishment, considering he took more shots this year than any time in the past. Korver has added a post-up game, and his mid-range jumper is now nearly as deadly as his long-range shot. The guy has worked at it.
On the defensive side of the ball, Korver is never going to have the foot speed to be an above-average on-the-ball defender, but he uses his head, and his teammates, to limit the damage done by the man he’s guarding. Off the ball, he’s probably the best “team” defender the Sixers have. His head is always on a swivel, and he helps out when his teammates get beat.
Korver is poised to take another step in his development, and I expect him to challenge for sixth-man of the year. He needs to work on his agility, and continue to hone in his in-between game. I have 100% faith that he’ll do so. He’s the hardest worker on the team, and a key piece of the playoff puzzle.
Up next: Samuel Dalembert