Video: Hawks’ Kevin Huerter sinks trick shot from behind the backboard
Right before the second quarter buzzer, Atlanta Hawks rookie guard Kevin Huerter sunk in a pretty trick shot from behind the backboard. Though it didn’t count, Huerter’s shot was still ridiculous.
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Kevin Huerter was drafted in the past class with the likes of Trae Young. Both were sharpshooters in college. They came into the league with high expectations, especially since they were both compared to Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson as a duo combination.
Huerter has shown a ton of promise playing for the Hawks. He’s averaged 8.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.5 assists while shooting 40.3 percent from the field and 36.7 percent from beyond the arc. It’s not surprising to see a rookie have lower shooting percentages early on. As he continues to get reps within the offense and experience learning how to move off-ball against advanced NBA defenses, those numbers will improve.
Young, on the other hand, started out very poorly. His three-point shot has been very inconsistent, and it seems his transition to the NBA has been difficult. He’s an excellent playmaker but hasn’t shown the same shooting ability that he did at the collegiate level.
He’s averaged 15.5 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 7.3 assists per game while shooting 39.4 percent from the field and a shockingly-bad 28.8 percent from deep. Young will need to continue to work on his shot if he expects to be the Hawks’ starting point guard for years to come.
The Hawks are now 12-29 on the season and they sit in the 12th seed of the NBA’s Eastern Conference.