Atlanta Hawks 3 improvements Kevin Huerter needs to make

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Kevin Huerter has been coming into his own ever since being drafted 19th by the Atlanta Hawks in 2018. Huerter has seen improvements to his game year after year, while also becoming a fan favorite in Atlanta.

The 22-year-old doesn’t have flashy numbers or even a flashy game, but he is a very important player in the grand scheme of the Hawks. Huerter has had his moments this season, especially in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semi-finals, helping lead the Hawks to an ECF appearance.

This season Huerter averaged 11.9 points a game and 11.2 for his career so far. He has been in and out of the starting lineup, as he is able to perform well in both roles. The expectation is that fans see Huerter being a part of this young core for years to come. Some even believe, he may get a contract extension this off-season if the front office desires to do so.

Huerter is developing into one of the better players at both ends of the floor 

Nate McMillan, when he took over before the All-Star break, challenged the players to be better on both ends. Huerter seems to have reaped the benefits of that. As a result, he has become a vital player at both ends of the court.

Huerter is 6’7 and has long arms to be disruptive and uses them to shrink passing lanes for opposing teams. Then he has an underrated offensive game that is more than just a shooter with sneaky athleticism and a high basketball IQ. Let’s explore three improvements Huerter can make to his game to continue making strides in his career.