At age 33, Kyle Korver proves he's a legitimate NBA starter

AP Sports Writer

ATLANTA (AP) - Kyle Korver spent most of his career running around behind the 3-point stripe, a guy whose singular quest was to get open for a long-range shot at the basket.

Turns out, he was so much more.

At age 33, Korver has emerged as one of the key players on the NBA's most surprising team, helping propel the Atlanta Hawks to the best record in the Eastern Conference (35-8).

Korver still shoots plenty of 3s, still does that better than anyone. But it's the other parts of his game that have made him so valuable to the Hawks.

Crushing screens. Banging for rebounds. Crisp passes. Tougher-than-expected defense.

Korver is even being mentioned as an All-Star candidate. Not bad for a guy who rarely started his first nine years in the league.

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