Since Kyle Korver created the NBA Draft as the 51st overall selection in 2003, he has become a very important player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Before joining the club, he had played for several others since being selected by the New Jersey Jets. Here you will find everything you need to know about him.
Kyle Korver’s Bio
The NBA star was born Kyle Elliot Korver on March 17, 1981, in Paramount, California. He was raised in a Christian family by a father who is a pastor, and his grandfather is also a pastor. He grew up as the eldest child in a family with three other siblings.
Although he grew up in Los Angeles, his family later moved to Iowa. Growing up in LA, Kyle wanted to be a basketball player because he followed the Los Angeles Lakers as a fan and watched people like Magic Johnson.
He received his education at Pella High School in Iowa and after graduation, he moved to Creighton University where he played for the men’s basketball team of Creighton Bluejays.
He started out as a professional basketball player after he made it through the New Jersey Nets as the 51st pick in the 2003 NBA draft, but soon switched to the Philadelphia 76ers. After signing a contract that would only keep him with the 76ers for 2 years, he signed another one in 2005 that was worth $25 million.
In his NBA career, he would play for other teams such as the Utah Jazz from 2007 to 2010, the Chicago Bulls from 2010 to 2012, and the Atlanta Hawks from 2012 to 2017. From here he switched to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
After spending 12 seasons in the NBA, Kyle Korver was named the National Basketball Association’s first All-Star in 2015. In the same year, he won the NBA Sportsmanship Award (2015). His records in the NBA include the highest percentage of three-point shots in a season, and he did the same feat in the 76ers.
Who is His Wife? Son and His Brother’s Death
Korver is married to the American singer Juliet Richardson, who is more popular than Juliet. Just like her husband, she grew up in a Christian family where rock music, for which she would later be popular, was forbidden. First, she set out to become a model before turning to music, where she became famous with band 1 Plus 1.
The basketball player and his wife got married in 2011. As mentioned above, both grew up in religious houses as such, and it is no surprise that they met in church after a pastor introduced them. Their marriage has been blessed with 3 children so far. The first child, Kyra Elyse, was born in 2012 and the next, a son, Knox Korver, was born in 2014. The last child, also a son named Koen Korver, was born in 2016.
According to the basketball player, his wife has given him the focus and she has remained his source of strength.
Although many good things have happened in his life, he has also experienced tragedies. This happened with the death of his younger brother, Kirk Korver. The youngest of the four brothers, Kirk, who had also played college basketball at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), died in 2018 at the age of 27. His death came after an illness.
Height and Weight
Just like many others who play in the NBA, and also those who aspire to a basketball career, Kyle Korver has an impressive height and body weight. More than that, he is athletically well-built to survive on the court and in many other sports, if he had chosen to do so.
As for his height, the Cavaliers’ hunter is 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) tall and has a bodyweight that is reportedly 96 kg (211 lbs).
Net Worth and Salary
Having played more than ten seasons in the NBA for five different clubs, it is only right that Kyle should have a reasonable amount of equity. Well, he does. His net worth has been estimated at $18 million, but some sources say more, while others say it is $13 million.
It states that he will receive a salary of 7 million dollars on the basis of his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers, which has a term of 3 years and will run until the 2019/2020 season. In his last season, he will take home a basic salary of 7,500,000 dollars.