Basketball Alums Korver & Tolliver Open NBA Season Wednesday
OMAHA, Neb. -- Creighton men's basketball alums Kyle Korver and Anthony Tolliver will open the 2013-14 season in the National Basketball Association on Wednesday. Korver is back with the Atlanta Hawks, while Tolliver joined the Charlotte Bobcats in the off-season.
Korver played at Creighton from 1999-2003 and was succeeded by Tolliver, who played for the Bluejays from 2003-07. Last year they were teammates with the Hawks, where they became CU's first alums who were NBA teammates since 1970, as well as becoming the first Bluejay alums to start an NBA game as teammates.
Korver begins his 11th year in the NBA and second with the Hawks. Known as one of the elite long-distance shooters in the NBA, Korver ranks 29th in NBA history with 1,323 career three-pointers and is 12th in league history with his 41.91 percent marksmanship from three-point range. The only other player in league history with at least 1,200 treys and 41.2 percent accuracy is Steve Nash.
Korver's 53.6 percent marksmanship from three-point range in 2009-10 remains an NBA record for a season, smashing a mark held by noted sniper Steve Kerr. Korver carries a 73-game streak with a 3-point basket into the 2013-14 campaign, having obliterated the Hawks franchise mark of 42 last season. In NBA history, only Dana Barros (89), Michael Adams (79) and Dennis Scott (78) have compiled longer streaks.
For his NBA career, Korver has scored 7,117 points (third-most among Creighton basketball alumni) in 738 games (9.6 ppg.). He has also made 87.5 percent of his career free throws.
Korver wears No. 26 with the Hawks.
Creighton fans who remember Tolliver as an inside force may be surprised to learn of his perimeter game. More than 44 percent of his shots have come from behind the NBA three-point arc, and he has made 32.5 percent of his shots from downtown. Tolliver has also sunk 78.2 percent of his shots at the line and owns 240 career assists (against just 173 turnovers), 93 blocks and 98 steals.
Tolliver went undrafted and spent time in the NBA D-League and Germany before becoming an NBA regular. He will switch to wearing No. 43 with the Bobcats.
Including 2013-14, Creighton has now had an NBA player in 30 of the last 31 years, and 47-of-50 seasons since 1964-65.