Hawks’ Kevin Huerter modeling game after Bradley Beal, Gordon Hayward, Klay Thompson
Huerter, the 19th overall pick by the Hawks in the 2018 NBA Draft, shared that he’s been compared with sharpshooters like Kyle Korver and JJ Redick. While he’s flattered by it, he’s not satisfied. He wants to be known as a complete player and not just an assassin from deep. To achieve this, he’s closely looking at the game of Beal, Hayward, and Thompson. Per Alex Kennedy of Hoops Hype:
“As a player, I want to be more of a complete package rather than just being known as a three-point shooter. Coming out of college, I got the Kyle Korver and JJ Redick comparisons pretty quickly. Those guys are unbelievable, but, for me, I’m looking more toward guys like Bradley Beal and Gordon Hayward and Klay Thompson since those guys do a little bit more off-the-dribble than Kyle and JJ and they have more of a complete game. I look at those guys and try to study their different moves, how they get shots off, where they get their shots and things like that. Those are the main guys I watched throughout the year.”
In his rookie campaign, the 21-year-old played 75 games (59 starts). He averaged 9.7 points, 3.3 assists, 2.9 rebounds across 27.9 minutes. He also shot 41.9 percent from the field and 38.5 percent from deep. It’s an impressive first year. And given that he seems to have figured out what type of player he wants to be and what he wants to achieve, Hawks fans can expect his numbers to get better.