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Hawks rookie DeAndre Hunter hoping to reach Kevin Durant’s level

DeAndre Hunter, Hawks, Kevin Durant

Atlanta Hawks rookie DeAndre Hunter aspires to become a superstar in the NBA, much like Kevin Durant — his favorite player growing up.

Hunter, who was selected fourth overall in the 2019 NBA Draft, told Anthony Olivieri of ESPN that he wants to reach the level of stardom of Durant. He also stressed his desire to play against KD, who he respects and admires.

“I’m looking forward to playing against KD,” Hunter said. “He was one of my favorite players growing up. I like him as a player. Hopefully, one day I’ll be at his level. I just really respect his game and really admire what he does.”

Unfortunately for Hunter, he will likely have wait until next season before getting the chance to test his mettle against Durant. The 30-year-old is unlikely to play in the 2019-20 campaign after suffering an Achilles tear in the 2019 NBA Finals.

The 21-year-old Hunter showed a glimpse of his scoring ability during his sophomore year with the Virginia Cavaliers. In 38 games with Virginia last season, he posted 15.2 points and 5.1 rebounds per game on 52.0 percent shooting from the field.

Hunter also showed that he can perform at the biggest stage despite the huge pressure. In the 2019 NCAA national championship, he posted 27 points and nine rebounds to lead the Cavaliers to an 85-77 win over the Texas Tech Red Raiders.