Kyle Korver has already adapted well to his new franchise.
Korver was traded from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Utah Jazz just six days prior on Wednesday night and the veteran shooter has already made his impact felt in Utah. In his first game back with the Jazz — he played in Utah from 2007 until 2010 — he scored 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting and 4-of-6 from beyond the arc in a 119-111 win over the Charlotte Hornets.
Although it’s only been two games, Korver has a good for the Jazz system considering he previously played for current head coach Quin Snyder when the two were with the Atlanta Hawks. The 37-year-old explained the key difference between playing for the Cavaliers and the Jazz — the Jazz runs a lot more cuts and movement and have more energy than the Cavaliers.
Korver, on the biggest difference between Cavs and Jazz: “It’s a whole different style of play — a lot more passing, a lot more cutting, a lot more reads, a lot more movement, a lot more energy. It’s a lot of fun for me.” pic.twitter.com/Wkk1XQsIL1
— Eric Walden (@tribjazz) December 4, 2018
This isn’t necessarily a swipe at Cleveland from Korver. He was asked a question and he answered it as honestly as he could. And the answer makes sense. While the Cavaliers did enter the 2018-19 season without LeBron James, it would make sense if a lot of their offensive concepts were carried over from last season. The bottom line is, when you play with LeBron, there’s a lot of standing around for the other four games. James is such a dynamic player that he can create open looks by his mere presence.
When it pertains to the Jazz, while they have a nice franchise player in Donovan Mitchell, they don’t have a superstar in the mold of LeBron. Therefore, they have to rely on team concepts in order to create looks.
While the Jazz have gotten off to a slow start this season, they were a top-four team in the West last year. They hope that the addition of a three-point shooter like Korver will lift them back into the playoff picture.