With their three big stars already in place and earning over $114 million, the Brooklyn Nets didn’t have a whole lot to do this offseason. They agreed to a long-term extension with Kevin Durant, re-signed Blake Griffin and Bruce Brown and added Patty Mills and James Johnson in free agency.
That was just about it in terms of notable moves until Thursday when the team added former All-Star Kyle Korver as a player development coach, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
There are no further details about Korver’s role at the moment, but we can safely assume he’s going to be helping players with shooting. After all, Korver is one of the best 3-point shooters the league has ever seen. Heading into the new season, he ranks fourth all-time for most 3s made at 2,450. Coincidentally, he’ll now be working with the player right behind him: James Harden, who checks in with 2.445 triples.
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If Korver can help the Nets become an even better 3-point shooting team, that’s going to be bad news for the rest of the league. Last season they knocked down 39.2 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc, which was second only to the Utah Jazz. Joe Harris led all players at 47.5 percent, while Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving also shot above 40 percent. And that’s to say nothing of Harden, who hit a solid 36.6 percent on a high volume of attempts.
Korver will also fit right in with the staff that head coach Steve Nash is trying to build. Nash has brought in a number of former players in player development roles, including Amar’e Stoudamire, Tiago Splitter and Jacque Vaughn.