Atlanta Hawks: Grading De’Andre Hunter’s injury plagued, breakout season

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Atlanta Hawks contract and season grades for De’Andre Hunter

Contract grade

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Hunter just finished the second season of his rookie deal. Due to him being such a high draft pick, Hunter was on $7.4 million last season which is a fairly sizeable contract for someone who only played 23 games thanks to injury.

With that being said, injuries are a part of the sport. He still has two years left of his deal, with 2021-22 being worth $7.7 million and the final year, being a team option worth $9.8 million. If Hunter continues to develop, this contract is a bargain.

Contract grade: B- due to injury

Season grade

Hunter was only able to play 23 games for the season as well as the five-game, first-round series against the New York Knicks where Hunter defended incredibly well. Before his injury, Hunter played really well, it will certainly be interesting to see him play on the same team as Cam Reddish under a coach who can utilize them effectively.

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Hunter increased his averages in every category of raw measurable numbers, and it is probable that they would have gone higher under Nate McMillan. With the exception of his 3-point shooting, Hunter also increased his shooting percentages.

Season grade: B again due to injury