Hawks 2020-21 team leaders
Huerter joins teammates Trae Young, John Collins and Clint Capela in securing contract extensions entering the season as the Hawks maintain even more continuity from the team that won two games in the Eastern Conference finals last year.
Last season, Huerter’s stock rose considerably when he took a leap forward on defense, often asked to guard one of the opposing team’s best players, with two-way wings De’Andre Hunter and Cam Reddish out injured for much of the year, and guard Bogdan Bogdanovic missing time due to injury, as well. Before the injury report snowballed, it seemed like the Hawks wouldn’t have enough minutes to go around for all their young talent, but Huerter ended up playing in 69 regular-season games out of 72, starting 49 and providing consistency the Hawks needed.
With Hunter and Bogdanovic likely back in the starting lineup this year, plus Huerter and Reddish coming off the bench, the Hawks will have ample depth, provided everyone stays healthy.
“I don’t deal with the contract situation, but you hope that we can get Kevin signed and extended and we can move forward, everybody can just start to focus on the season,” Hawks coach Nate McMillan said earlier Monday, when asked what he hope gets done. “But that is a situation that both Kevin and the organization are working out.”