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I'm a sucker for those Comedy Central roasts. The last one was almost six months ago and I still have it saved on my DVR.
Here's one of the zingers SNL alum Bill Hader threw Aziz Ansari's way during the James Franco roast: "What phenomenal range ... you're like the Daniel Day- Lewis of doing one thing."
Obviously, Hader was making fun of Ansari's acting. But it left me wondering, what's so wrong with being good at just one thing?
Versatility might get you on magazine covers. But being the best at what you do ... that's where the real money is.
If you want proof, look no further than Atlanta Hawks shooting guard Kyle Korver. For over a decade, all Korver has done is chuck up three-pointers. That steady diet of long-range shooting has earned him over $61 million in career earnings ... and that doesn't even include endorsements.
Korver's knack for the trifecta is almost unprecedented. At age 32, he's already 23rd on the league's all-time three-pointers list (1,437). With a little luck, he'll pass Michael Finley for 22nd later this season.
It's conceivable that Korver could become the third player in league history to amass 2,000 threes by the time his career is over. The first two to accomplish that feat were Ray Allen and Reggie Miller. Korver owns a higher career three-point percentage (42.2) than both of them (40 percent for Allen, 39.5 for Miller).
It's crazy. The further away Korver is from the bucket, the better he seems to get. This season, only Phoenix's Channing Frye has made a higher percentage of shots from 25-to-29 feet away (minimum 100 attempts). Keep in mind, the three- point line rests 23 feet, nine inches away from the basket.
I'm not sure there's ever been a player more one-dimensional than Korver. But who cares? The Ashton Kutcher lookalike has drilled at least one three in each of his last 116 games. The previous NBA record of 89 was established by Dana Barros in 1996.
Take that, DiMaggio.
You have to admire Korver's commitment to one shot. A baffling 56.4 percent of his points since joining the NBA in 2003 have come on three-pointers. To put that in perspective, Ray Allen, thought by most to be the greatest three- point shooter that has ever lived, has scored 36.1 percent of his points on triples throughout his career.
But while Allen's ability seems to be fading, Korver has gotten better with age. His 46.3 percent rate of success on three-pointers this season is the second-highest of his career. In fact, Korver hasn't shot below 40 percent from deep since 2009. And even then, his 38.6 three-point percentage was still among the league leaders.
Speaking of league leaders, Korver has finished in the top-ten in three-point percentage four of the last five seasons including 2010 when he led the league at a blistering 53.6 percent. He's the only player in pro hoops who has finished in the top-ten each of the last three seasons.
Of course, the 6-foot-7 Korver is not without his detractors. Despite his three-point proficiency, teams have never viewed Korver as a go-to scorer, which explains why his career average sits at a relatively unimpressive 9.8 ppg. Indeed, between 2008 and 2012 Korver did not have a single season when he averaged double-digit points.
Yet today, Korver is owned in 99.5 percent of leagues across all fantasy platforms. That's because Atlanta is giving him more minutes than he's ever seen before. Korver's 34.3 mpg average this season is almost nine minutes higher than his career average (25.4 mpg in 781 career games).
The increase in playing time, partially influenced by the Hawks' shortage of viable guards, has led to a 12.2 ppg average, which is Korver's highest since 2007 with Philadelphia (career-high 14.4 ppg). Korver's improved rebounding (4.1 rpg average is his highest since 2005) and a new-found commitment to passing (career-high 3.0 apg) have propelled him into ESPN's fantasy top-40 ahead of All-Stars Dwight Howard (51st) and DeMar DeRozan (57th).
Korver won't get any votes for MVP, or even attend next week's All-Star Game in New Orleans (in 11 seasons he's never made an All-Star appearance). But his impact cannot be overstated.
As it stands, the Hawks are seventh in the league in three-point shooting at 37 percent. If you take Korver and his 246 three-point attempts out of the equation, that percentage drops to 34.5 percent, 24th in the NBA.
It gets worse. Atlanta has been averaging a little over nine three-pointers per game this season, good for fourth-best in the NBA. That average plummets to 6.7 without Korver. That's 22nd in the league out of 30 NBA teams. Even after missing four games to injury, Korver is still responsible for 26.3 percent of his team's three-pointers this season.
The Daniel Day-Lewis of three-point shooting will have a chance to extend his record streak Wednesday against New Orleans. Hopefully I'm not the only one who notices.