7 players the Rockets could add on the veterans minimum

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4. Kyle Korver

It’s no secret that the Houston Rockets like shooting threes, as they’ve become synonymous for living behind the 3-point arc. But in spite of that, they finished 24th in 3-point percentage during the 2019-20 season, which was one of their many struggles last season.

The Rockets don’t have many 3-point shooters on the second unit, with the exception being Ben McLemore, who led the team in 3-point percentage, as he made 40 percent of his treys. Kyle Korver is one of the best long-range shooters the league has ever seen, as his 2,450 treys ranks fourth all-time in NBA history.

Korver proved that he still has his shooting touch even at age 39, as he made 41.8 percent of his threes during the 2019-20 season, which was 10th-best in the league. This was Korver’s first time surpassing the 40 percent mark since the 2017-18 season, when he made 43.6 percent of his long-range attempts.

Korver made 40.5 percent of his threes during the 2020 postseason with the Milwaukee Bucks, providing the steady hand he’s become known for. Korver could easily become one of the most reliable 3-point shooters James Harden has ever played with, while also being one of the best shooters in Houston Rockets history.

Korver has thrived alongside other superstars, including LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo more recently, and would certainly benefit from sharing the court with James Harden and Russell Westbrook, who could each create open shots for the marksman. Although Korver isn’t a great defender, there’s simply no replacement for stellar shooting, and especially at such a low cost such as the veterans-minimum, which Korver was signed to last season.

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