Kevin Huerter is thriving with the Kings

After four seasons in Atlanta, 2021 marked a conference final against the Bucks. Kevin Hurter packed his bags. The silky red-haired back, so nicknamed “Red Velvet,” landed in Sacramento this summer, and to say the least, the California weather suits her just fine.

Kevin Huerter, who is currently averaging over 18 points, six off his best output with the Hawks, has scored 20 or more points four times in seven games with the Kings this season, taking 74 games to do so last season…

“My role could potentially grow,” explains. “Just the way the team is built, the players in place, around [Domantas Sabonis] and play around the mile. »

A promising two-player game with Sabonis

It was while on holiday in Ibiza, in the sun, that is, without being glued to the H24 phone, that he found out that he had been replaced! Definitely a shock, but not a surprise either.

“When I finally got my phone back, mostly the most important people in my life texted me. Several people from the Atlanta franchise asked me to call them. My agent is the same. My parents are the same. I wouldn’t say I expected it, but I was ready for it. »

In this case, it’s because of his growing chemistry with Domantas Sabonis that Kevin Huerter started the season so well in California.

Their two-man game, with the passing quality and versatility of the Lithuanian on the one hand, and Kevin Huerter’s outside shooting and IQ on the other, is starting to seriously damage the opposition’s defense. What appears high in the “scouting report” of his opponents, from evening to evening…

“Domas makes really good screens. This allows me to build speed and play on the opposite side in 2v1 situations. In Atlanta, John Collins is one of the biggest threats on the roll after a screen he doesn’t actually create very often. But here, Domas creates a lot of screens. It’s just a different game with a different rhythm and style. »

He is more involved in creation

Moving from Trae Young to De’Aaron Fox, Kevin Huerter seems to have found a partner that better suits his game. Not the best of outside shooters, De’Aaron Fox deals more with rebounds and rebounds and is therefore more prone to over-the-middle shots. -intermediate or direct to the basket, better suited to Kevin Huerter’s outdoor game.

But the former Maryland can show his full offensive in Sacramento, unlike in Atlanta, where he was more of an exclusive “finisher”. Under the admiring gaze of Mike Brown, who saw him for his creativity last season.

“Attack, [les Hawks] They are a little different from our team.” Mike Brown says. “Trae carries the ball a lot, so Kevin often played without the ball. Kevin was more on the outside, so they played a lot of picks. With us, he has balls off the dribble, screens, circle, and backdoor cuts. We make it work. »

Successful with his new team, shooting 50%, including 53% from 3-point range, Kevin Huerter is in the middle of his honeymoon with the Kings. Now it remains to continue the pleasure and above all to win. To (finally) bring the Kings back to the playoffs, who hold the sad record for most consecutive seasons without making it…

Kevin Hurter Percent It bounces
The season Crew GM Minimum Shots 3 points LF Turn off Def Early p.d party Int bp CT Points
2018-19 ATL 75 27 41.9 38.5 73.2 0.8 2.5 3.3 2.9 2.1 0.9 1.5 0.3 9.7
2019-20 ATL 56 31 41.3 38.0 82.8 0.6 3.5 4.1 3.8 2.5 0.9 1.6 0.5 12.2
2020-21 ATL 69 31 43.2 36.3 78.1 0.6 2.8 3.4 3.5 2.4 1.2 1.1 0.3 11.9
2021-22 ATL 74 30 45.4 38.9 80.8 0.4 3.0 3.4 2.7 2.5 0.7 1.2 0.4 12.1
2022-23 BAG 6 31 50.0 53.2 78.9 0.0 3.0 3.0 4.2 2.2 0.5 1.0 0.2 18.3
General 280 30 43.2 38.4 78.8 0.6 2.9 3.5 3.2 2.4 0.9 1.3 0.4 11.6

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