Hawks’ Kyle Korver lines up attempt at NBA’s all-time three-pointer streak
A game as rich and diverse as basketball has records for every occasion — benchmarks of volume, efficiency, consistency, and misery. They’re split to measure streaks and debuts, situational factors and positional qualifiers. There is very much a stat for every occasion, and on this particular one Hawks sharpshooter Kyle Korver will have a chance to secure his own tailored piece of basketball history.
For a few weeks now, Korver has been closing in on a relatively unknown bit of basketball bookkeeping: Dana Barros’ record of consecutive regular-season games with a made three-pointer. Back in January of 1996, Barros capped off an impressive run of 89 straight games with a made three, obliterating the previous record and setting a lofty standard. No other shooter had come particularly close since. Peja Stojakovic came closest with 62. Rashard Lewis topped out at 56. Stephen Curry seemed to be making a run last season, but wound up with only 53 consecutive games. Ray Allen, who owns the record of all-time three-pointers made, couldn’t stretch his personal streak beyond 47. Most other skilled shooters managed 30 games or so before dropping out.
But on Wednesday, Korver managed to pull off* what no shooter since Barros could, tying the 89-game mark with a 6-of-9 three-point shooting explosion against the Clippers. On Friday, he’ll have a chance to break the record at the expense of the Cavs — a team that ranks 21st in the league in three-point percentage allowed. Korver averaged 3.3 threes made in three games against Cleveland last season, and should have ample opportunity to gun for the record as its become a talking point with the Hawks of late.
It also doesn’t hurt that Korver’s three-point shot chart for the season looks like this:
There are shooters who need be stationed on the left side of the floor or the right, used as a standstill option or put on the move, parked in the corner or set up at the top of the floor. Korver is not one of them. He is a shooter for all seasons, and the chart of his streak-relevant three-point shooting from last year is just as evergreen:
For those counting at home, that puts Korver at lights-out, 46.8-percent three-point shooting since his streak began. During that time, only three players (Curry, Klay Thompson, and Ryan Anderson) made more three-pointers than Korver. It’s to the point where one more three — to set a new record, however arbitrary — would be substandard for Korver, representing roughly a third of his typical per-game output this season. None of this makes Korver a lock to best Barros with a made three Friday tonight, but it seems about as likely as such streaking pursuits come.
*It need be noted that this is strictly a regular-season streak. Were playoff games counted, Korver’s streak would have ended with his 0-for-7 showing from beyond the arc in Game 6 of the Hawks’ first-round series against the Pacers last season.