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Huerter looking for big improvements in year 2

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Huerter looking for big improvements in year 2 

Post#1 » by Jamaaliver » Wed Jul 24, 2019 1:22 pm

Inside Kevin Huerter’s mindset: ‘I can be up there with the top shooters in the league’

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One of the ways the Hawks are showing trust is by wanting Huerter to have the ball in his hands more, which we saw sparingly in his rookie season. It’s a position that Huerter feels comfortable in. He played point guard in high school...The Hawks want Huerter more involved in the offense this year and want him to be more aggressive with creating his own opportunities. There were too many occurrences when Huerter would flourish on offense, like his coming-out game on the road against Philadelphia, then go quiet.

Each returning player on the Hawks’ roster was given a player progression sheet at the start of offseason conditioning in May, and one of the points of emphasis for Huerter was finishing at the rim better than he did in his rookie year. He made just more than 50 percent of his attempts at the rim, well below the league average of 57.9 percent.

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Post#2 » by Jamaaliver » Wed Jul 24, 2019 1:24 pm

Huerter was disappointed this past season that he shot only 38.5 percent from 3-point range. He says 40 percent from distance should be the lowest he ever shoots in a season.

“I feel like that’s something that’s not easy, but it’s something I should be doing every year,” Huerter said while preparing to head to Rhode Island to train with Hawks assistant Nate Babcock. “It’s well within my range, but I feel like I can shoot above that and be up there with the top shooters in the league, percentage-wise. As I get to be in the league for a couple more years, my body should get stronger, too. But 40 percent is my low point of where I should be shooting it. I should be shooting over 40 percent, for sure.”
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Post#4 » by CP War Hawks » Fri Jul 26, 2019 12:55 pm

Read the article, really excited to see if he can make a huge jump. A guy like Hunter should be a nice compliment next to him.
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Post#5 » by D21 » Sat Jul 27, 2019 11:05 am

Take off e 0° 3pts shots and he's at more than 40%, so it needs to be studied to see if it's a zone where he's not confortable, or if the systems ending with him at this spot is not good

Regarding the 50% around the rim, it all depends if if was getting a lot of FTs. I don't care if he's lower than the league average if he gets FTs more than the league average because in the end, it can bring the same points and more important it gives fouls on opponents.
If prefer 50% and a lot of FTs than 60% and no FTs
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Post#6 » by Jamaaliver » Sun Jul 28, 2019 6:55 pm

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Kevin Huerter’s greatness begins with his nuclear shooting profile. Few NBA players have a greater level of shot diversity than Huerter. He can shoot off of any and every imaginable action, from spot-ups to pull-us. As a rookie, Kevin Huerter is on his way to becoming a pull-up dynamo. The pull-up three is the deadliest shot in basketball and Huerter already nears mastery.

Last season, he placed in the 90th percentile on jumpers off of the dribble; only six players placed ahead of him in points per possession, those being Steph Curry, Rudy Gay, DJ Augustin, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin and Damian Lillard (minimum 100 possessions).

More than being a fantastic player himself, Kevin Huerter’s synergy with Trae Young raises his ceiling. Few teams feature two players as dynamic of shooters and passers as Young and Huerter. Both of these players have the shooting gravity to bend the defense to submission and the passing gene to exploit the windows each other creates. Young is in an exclusive group of shooters who pull the defense far beyond the line with his range, with Steph Curry and Damian Lillard being the other two prominent ones. His vertical spacing opens up the floor for the rest of his teammates, generating a myriad of easy shots.
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Post#8 » by HMFFL » Mon Jul 29, 2019 9:14 pm

The expectations are high.
He seems to motivate himself and is ready.

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Post#10 » by graymule » Thu Aug 1, 2019 5:04 pm

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Could it be that he's a little stronger and more mature in year 2 ? He improved a lot from the beginning of last season
until the end. He knows a lot more about NBA life now. I see great things in his future, starting this season!

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Post#11 » by dorkestra » Sun Aug 4, 2019 3:49 am

Young/Huerter/Hunter/Collins are four of the highest value complimentary players that are not being talked about enough. Lloyd Pierce a great developmental coach. I get that some of you might be hesitant to stick your neck out, but the team is destined for great improvement. Very happy for you guys the fans.
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Post#12 » by BigRedDog » Sun Aug 4, 2019 5:54 am

I feel like the perfect mentor for Huerter would be Kyle Korver.

Beyond the obvious that anyone could pick up great shooting technique from Korver... If you talk to coaches they'll tell you how Korver was a guy who really played excellent team defense and used his length and understood angles incredibly well. He was always using the sideline and shading people into the help defense. He didn't let guys get to their spots and find comfort zones.

Ultimately, he had some fairly solid defensive metrics for a guy with his limitations athletically. And it enabled his A+ shooting ability to flourish over a lengthy career. HIs height and role are similar to Huerter and Huerter has the shooting, athleticism, rebounding, and shot blocking ability that really bode well for success if he understands the game well.

I Actually think of the current and soon to be retired crop of players you could make a strong case that Korver would be the best assistant coach of any of them. He's a heady player, played in some innovative offensive systems, understood his role, and worst case scenario probably knows more about how to improve shooting than anyone else in the league..
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Post#13 » by Jamaaliver » Mon Aug 5, 2019 12:04 pm

Improved Strength is the key to unlocking Kevin Huerter’s game

Among the host of wings selected in the teens of last year’s NBA Draft, none was more impressive than Kevin Huerter this past season. :o

Many have even pegged him as the Atlanta Hawks’ second-best prospect behind Trae Young. :o :o

...there’s certainly a case to be made for Huerter and it largely hinges on his versatile shooting stroke. He shot 38.5 percent on 353 attempts from 3-point range, delighted with secondary playmaking chops and displayed impressive team defense instincts. He ranked in the 73rd percentile (1.07 points per possession) on spot-ups and was in the 90th percentile (1.063 PPP) on off-the-dribble jumpers in the half-court. Among 124 players with 100-plus attempts off the dribble, Huerter finished seventh in PPP. That duality allows him to operate off the ball next to Young or patiently survey the court with a few dribbles before creating airspace to jack up long balls.



The merits of Huerter’s shot-making don’t extend inside the arc, though. He knocked down just 45.7 percent of his 2-point attempts. Further evidence of those struggles is the fact he shot 37.7 percent on pull-up 3s but only 32.8 percent on pull-up 2s.His substandard productivity inside the arc stems from two primary factors: a lack of strength and sub-functional handle (notably with his left hand). Both influence his interior scoring.

Huerter will be just 21 years old when the 2019-20 season starts. It’s quite realistic that he makes advanced strength gains to the point of enhancing his dribble-drive arsenal. But he’s missing short-burst athleticism on horizontal and vertical planes, which enforces a definitive ceiling on his finishing at the rim.

Huerter’s dissonance as a pull-up shooter can be corrected by added core strength and newfound comfort in his load-up process, the latter of which helps him maintain balance when quickly decelerating. For the time being, those setbacks limit his ceiling as a shooter.
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Post#14 » by azuresou1 » Mon Aug 5, 2019 5:44 pm

Huerter strikes me as having a great understanding of how to create space for himself with the ball off closeouts and screens, despite having loopy handles. That to me is one of the reasons I'm most optimistic he can be more than 'just a shooter.'

Call me crazy but if he can continue developing, and in particular improve his inside finishing and tighten his handle just a smidge, I think he could be just as good as Reggie Miller.

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