Atlanta Hawks: Kevin Huerter does it all – season grades

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The Atlanta Hawks had a tremendous season, fighting injury to key players all season as well as having a coaching change in the middle of the season. Through it all, Kevin Huerter has been the ultimate team player, giving the team what it needs.

The best thing that happened to Huerter was that Nate McMillan became the interim head coach just before the All-Star break. The reason for this is that Huerter is the same type of player as McMillan. He never concerns himself about his numbers for any individual game, instead of focusing on the number that the team needs that night.

Huerter can punish you from deep, he can drive in and shoot the mid-range. He can also get to the line or even become the secondary playmaker on the starting unit, or the primary playmaker on the second unit. He even led the team in steals in the regular season and then was second on the team in blocks for the playoffs. He is clearly more than just a shooter

The Atlanta Hawks saw true development in Kevin Huerter.

Looking at his raw numbers, it is hard to see what I mean by the fact that he has developed. In fact, he only had a career-high in one category, steals per game. It was the fact that Huerter was able to average so near to his career-best numbers with the extra talent that the team signed last offseason.

With his contract extension due to be signed this offseason, Huerter made a strong case to get paid reasonably well for his next contract. He will certainly not get a max deal, but this season saw him add value to his next contract.