The Atlanta Hawks have been slightly improving over this last slew of games, but you may not notice it because of their record. It was a move that they made sometime last week that changed how the Hawks will probably look in the future. Last week, Kent Bazemore suffered a left ankle sprain, and Kevin Huerter had to replace him in the starting lineup. Huerter started off the season but has played well lately it may keep the starting job ahead of Bazemore.
One of the knocks on Huerter coming into the draft was his defense and if he can keep up with players in the NBA. So far, this doesn’t look like a problem for him at all. His long arms help him stay attached with players coming off screens or just trying to go into isolation. The Hawks are better defensively when Huerter is on the court, which is probably why coach Lloyd Pierce keeps him on the court for long periods of time. Huerter may have to hit the gym if he wants to get even better on that side of the ball and guard bigger players at his position.
When defense turns into offense
Huerter may be impressive on defense, but he’s solid on offense as well. He’s known as a sharpshooter, and that’s what he mostly does. His teammates are usually finding him in the corner for a three, or Hurter might decide to create for himself. Bazemore has had an up and down season offensively and letting him come off the bench may help him stay consistent. For now, Huerter is doing all the right things on offense to continue giving him minutes.
If it’s anything we didn’t know about Huerter, it’s that he can pass the ball well. There have been numerous times this season where Huerter has made passes I never saw him make before. It’ll only get better too since he’s playing with players like Trae Young that deserve a lot of attention and open up shots for others. Huerter’s versatility will make him a solid player for years to come.
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