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Kevin Huerter NBA Draft Breakdown

David Locke

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Kevin Huerter:
Age: 19
Position: SG
College: Maryland
Measurables
Height w/o Shoes:6’6.25”
Height w/ Shoes: 6’7.25”
Weight:194 lbs
Wingspan: 6’7.5”
Standing Reach:8’5.5”
Max Vertical: 38”

College Statistics (2017/2018)
MPG: 34.4
PPG:14.8
RPG:5.0
ASTPG:3.8
BLKPG:0.7
FT%: 75.8%
2-PT FG%: 60.5%
3-PT FG%: 41.7 %

Comparisons:
A Poor man’s Klay Thompson, Allen Crabbe, Nik Stauskas

3 Things to Know
May be the best shooter in the draft, shooting a great percentage with defenses focussing on him as the main threat. Excellent range.
A lack of elite speed is his main weakness, yet never was horribly exposed at the college level for poor defense, but defending shooting guards in the NBA could be a difficult transition due to speed being a premium.
Kevin Huerter relies on excellent intangibles and passion both defensively and uses his smarts to create for himself and others when facilitating as he was used as a featured player, averaging an impressive nearly 4 assists per game as a non primary ball handler.

Strengths:
Excellent jump shooter, spot-ups and off balance jumpers.
Very good range.
Good shooter off the dribble, both pullups and stepbacks.
Decisively attacks poor closeouts, drives in straight lines to the hoop rather than relying on guile.
Ambidextrous finisher at the cup.
Excellent basketball IQ
Comfortable facilitating, displaying a solid handle.
Good instincts defensively, coupling hustle and instincts to be a solid defender, compensating for what isn’t otherworldly athleticism.
Terrific effort. Always contests shots.

Weaknesses:
Has a slow release on his jumpshot
Needs to put on muscle on a lanky frame.
Lacks speed and girth meaning he could be a defensive liability defending quick guards or larger forwards in the ever increasing need to be able to guard multiple positions.
Attempts to many difficult, risky passes.

Summary:
Kevin Huerter’s main asset as an NBA player will inevitably be his great shooting ability (42 percent from 3). He has fabulous range and does well creating his own shots even when forced off of the line. In college he was featured, granting himself less space, and still found great success shooting the rock. Though he was able to create his own shots in college, Huerter’s lack of speed could inhibit his versatility offensively to somewhat of only a spacer unless his ball handling drastically improves, allowing him to be a facilitator of the offense. Where Huerter’s draft stock may be blemished is his defensive potential. Although he possesses good length for a guard, he lacks speed and strength, therefore inhibiting his, ever important in today’s NBA, defensive versatility. He projects to only be capable of defending 2’s and 3’s. His intangibles are off the charts, potentially compensating for his elite athleticism. Systematically, Huerter seamlessly would fit any team desiring an off ball, knockdown shooter as a floor spacer, with a knack for scoring the ball. I believe Huerter’s top of the draft class’ shooting ability will cause a team to take him early rather than later due to the NBA’s constantly increasing trend of taking more 3 pointers, and knowing who can and should take them. His ability to shoot difficult shots and make them he demonstrated in college with the game inevitably having more space for him to operate and shoot more poorly contested 3’s due to the unlikelihood that he immediately inherits a featured role entices GM’s. In conclusion, his baseline role is clear in the NBA as a floor spacer with intriguing upside as a creator with his main concern being defensive versatility or the lack thereof, and it boils down to which GM and team will take an excellent shooter with suspect athleticism but great heart and intangibles.

David Locke enters his ninth year as the radio play-by-play voice of the Utah Jazz, having spent the majority of his career in radio in Salt Lake City and Seattle. In the summer of 2016, Locke created the Locked on Podcast Network which has podcast daily bite sized podcasts for every NBA and NFL team. A native of Palo Alto, Calif., Locke graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles with a degree in Political Science and Sociology. Locke and his wife have a son and a daughter.

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