The Atlanta Hawks have found another important piece for their rebuild in Kevin Huerter. After a slow start initially Huerter is healthy and producing at the level fans expected heading into the season.
As of now the Atlanta Hawks are a step closer to being a true contending team. They only lack a real center and a bench capable of holding a lead. They have their core in Trae Young, John Collins, and Kevin Huerter.
While he is a late addition to the group Huerter is proving why he can be so deadly. He isn’t a plus defender but he hustles on both ends of the floor and gives it every effort. Offensively (when healthy) he is a deadly scorer who can catch and shoot or put the ball on the floor and drive.
Trae Young drives this offense and rightly so, however, as he gets more chances Huerter is going to develop into the Hawk’s second option. What this team needs now is a rim protector and real defenders coming off of the bench.
They need options that can help cover for Trae Young’s shortcomings as a defender. As prolific as he might be offensively it is hard to watch him on the other end, and there is little fear of Alex Len or Damien Jones when an opposing player drives past Trae towards the rim.
Huerter is a capable defender and should continue to develop as he earns more minutes alongside Trae. Atlanta’s best option is to have Huerter on the floor running the offense when Trae rests, while it may not be ideal it is their best option.
Kevin Huerter should be considered immovable based on what he has shown Atlanta. He has the ability to score 20+ any given night. A skill this challenged Hawk’s roster desperately needs.