Where Will Kevin Huerter Land In This Year’s NBA Draft?
The 2018 NBA Draft is this Thursday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. One likely first round draft pick is former Shenendehowa High School stand out and Maryland Terrapin Kevin Huerter. Where is Huerter likely to land? Below are projections from some of the national mock draft sites.
ESPN.com had this to say about the former Shen star
20: Minnesota Timberwolves
With fluid athleticism, a smooth shooting stroke and an outstanding feel for the game, it's no surprise Huerter solidified himself as a first-round pick in the pre-draft process despite recent hand surgery. If he returned to Maryland for his junior season, Huerter could have very well ended up as a fringe top-10 pick in the 2019 draft, so the Timberwolves are getting a young talent here at No. 20. His feel and ability to shoot on the move make him extremely valuable in today's NBA, and the fact that he's younger than freshmen like Mo Bamba, Michael Porter Jr. and Deandre Ayton bodes well for his long-term outlook
NBA.com says predicted this outcome for Huerter
18. SAN ANTONIO SPURS
TEAM NEEDS: Youth, wings
This would complete a meteoric rise up the Draft board for Huerter, who was nowhere to be found on most mocks anywhere near the first round before Chicago. But a great combine has him solidly here now, even though he’ll be out two months after surgery this week on his right hand. The Spurs have a definite long-term need at the two with Danny Green on a player option for 2018-19 at $10 million and no obvious replacement for him in sight (no, we are not counting Manu Ginobili, no matter how strong his age 40 season was last year). San Antonio has cap room and could go after the likes of Avery Bradley in free agency, but until the Spurs know for sure they can sign a vet, hedging their bets with a shooter like Huerter (41 percent on threes for the Terps last season) would make sense.
CBS Sports.com' Gary Parrish said this about Huerter
24. Portland Trail Blazers
Huerter, who was good at the combine, has reportedly also been really good in private workouts -- all of which made it sensible for the 6-6 shooter to leave Maryland after two seasons. He averaged 14.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 34.4 minutes a game for a Maryland team that finished 39th at KenPom. But the key stat is that Huerter made 41.7 percent of the 5.5 3-pointers he took per contest. So he projects as a wing with size who can be a reliable threat from the perimeter. No, the hand injury he just suffered isn't ideal. But there's no real reason to think it'll cost him much, if it all, on draft night.
Sports Illustrated's prediction for Huerter
18. San Antonio Spurs
Kawhi Leonard speculation season has begun, but in the meantine, San Antonio is believed to be high on Huerter and should be in position to grab him here. Huerter shut down workouts weeks ago and according to league sources, the Lakers are the team that promised him at No. 25, but he’s not expected to fall that far. He’s one of the best shooters in the draft, and his size, feel and passing ability would seem to offer a level of safety and reasonable floor as a rotation wing. As long as his defense proves to be enough, Huerter should be able to carve out a career as a three-point threat and ball-mover.
25. Los Angeles Lakers
A good shooter, Huerter shot 41.7 percent from long distance in his second year at Maryland.
19. Atlanta Hawks (from Minnesota Timberwolves)
The Hawks continue their transformation, trying to become a much more accomplished shooting team after ranking middle of the pack in 3-pointers this past season. Huerter underwent surgery to repair torn ligaments in his right hand and is expected to miss two months, but showed well at the combine, following up on his stellar sophomore season as he averaged 14.8 points on 41.7 percent from beyond the arc.
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