In his fifth NBA season, Kevin Huerter is experiencing a new experience after four years with the Hawks. He’s been pretty positive so far with his best stats averaging 16 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists.
The Kings sniper, who averaged 18 points in early January, is still adjusting to his new surroundings and teammates. Also local history, especially the new franchise.
“I’m still learning a lot about the history of the Kings. I couldn’t sleep last night. I went to YouTube and my search bar said Game 6, Kings – Lakers, conspiracy,” Kevin Huerter at the Lowe Post laughs. “There was a six-minute video of all the fouls, called or not, and all the shots that followed. I got to know this series a little better and how it went. For the best team the franchise has ever seen. »
“To be able to play with a guy like him is huge for my career.”
Well integrated into the California team, Kevin Huerter saw his responsibilities increase during the creative process. In that sense, his connection to Domantas Sabonis is a real asset to Sacramento’s offense. Their understanding naturally arose as the Baltics returned from a rather disappointing Euro.
“It was done very easily. Actually, I have the same agent as Doug McDermott, and he told me I would love to play with Domas. It was the first thing my agent and I talked about when we were still in Ibiza. You will see, you will love to play with it, it will give you a lot of shots. You have never played with such a player. When I came to Sacramento, he was still in the Euros, but as soon as he came back he wanted to play on the same team with me and we understood each other immediately on the field. I just had to run and grab the screen and I had open shots. He draws so much attention from opposing defenses that I think he’s at the top of every opponent’s scouting report. With his physical structure, he often forces two-three shots. Being able to play with a guy like him is huge for my career. »
Kevin Huerter, whom Mike Brown trusts, has to live up to the high standards of his technician, the heir to the San Antonio tradition. Apparently, she still has her work cut out for him, often discussed during video sessions.
“It often happens in one-on-one defense at the head of the racket: I also often let the attacker pass on the arrow. I can be in the right place defensively, but I often let my opponents get ahead of me in the middle. So Mike reminds me often! »
“Malik is the comedian of the group”
Considered a veteran of the league, especially after experiencing his first transfer, Kevin Huerter takes over the role along with new teammate Keegan Murray, who was named Western Rookie of the Month. As with Domantas Sabonis on the field, this rapprochement happened naturally. A pass through Iowa.
“I am very close to the McCaffery family. Fran trained in Siena, where my father went to college. I grew up with the McCaffery brothers, Connor is my age [arrière senior à Iowa] and Pat is two years younger than him [ailier junior à Iowa]. I always watched Iowa State when Keegan was there. When I was traded to Sacramento, Connor gave me a lot of background on Keegan. But actually he is a very simple person. He only knows basketball. He discovers everything. Every time I go, I introduce him to a new food. He didn’t know sushi, but he ate “grilled cheese” and “chicken parmesan.” He still systematically eats chicken, rice and vegetables every evening. There are ten rotating bowls. They have very simple tastes. Same with music, he listens almost exclusively to Rod Wave. His record for the year was 600 hours of Rod Wave and two or three other artists. »
Kevin Huerter, who is determined to help the Kings end their dismal streak of sixteen seasons without the playoffs, is indeed part of a team that continues. Sacramento is firmly in fifth place in the Western Conference.
“De’Aaron calms everybody down. He doesn’t speak often, but when he does, everyone listens. He is our leader, the one we turn to at the end of the game. I was particularly impressed by his maturity.”Huerter concludes. “Malik Rahib is a talker. He speaks for everyone. Domas actually talks too! He motivates everyone in the match and training. He comes to me at least four or five times in every match to strengthen me. In addition, Malik is the comedian of the group, he talks and makes the team laugh. »
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