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Kevin Huerter
Kevin Huerter
Position: G
Born: 08/27/98
Height: 6-7 / 2.01
Weight:190 lbs. / 86.2 kg.
Salary: $2,636,280
He would wind up playing 56 of the 67 games this season, starting 48 contests. “I really think just all year I didn’t feel as explosive as I felt during my rookie year,” Huerter continued. “You try not to use it as an excuse, you try not to talk about it, even during the season. I kept saying if I was healthy I’m going to play. Once I came back from the shoulder injury, I didn’t miss a game and I was doing all of my rehab. I was proud of that, just being able to be on the court. It was a thing I was dealing with for most of the year”
Huerter also spoke about what the club needs to do to gel together and grow into a winning program after back-to-back seasons near the cellar of the NBA in terms of standings. “It feels like in a lot of ways, I don’t want to say a new team, but it feels like we brought together a lot of players that we haven’t had the full chance to put together and figure out what’s going to work for us,” Huerter stated. “That starts with Clint (Capela), getting Dewayne (Dedmon) back. Really just having a full team. Moving forward, I’d imagine we’re going to sign guys (too)… I think we’re really just excited to put together a full team moving forward that’s now been together a couple years and wants to remove the ‘young’ label and wants to win.”


There wasn’t a time this season when Huerter was 100 percent healthy — although he believes no NBA player is every truly at 100 percent health — but he played in every game after his shoulder healed. “I think, in a lot of ways, I just really wanted to stay on the court,” Huerter said. “There were a lot of different nagging things that if I hadn’t been out at the start of the year, if I hadn’t been out in the summer, if I didn’t hurt my shoulder — I feel like I had the injury thing attached to me. You never want that attached to you as a player. You don’t want to be attached to being injury-prone. There are a lot of different things that I just played through. One thing that bothered me, I would go on Twitter, and you get tagged in every little thing. Everyone always like, ‘Kevin is always hurt.’ From December until when our season stopped, I didn’t miss a single game. I was still getting tagged with always being hurt. I just played 40 or 50 games in a row. What do you mean I’m always hurt? That was a big thing for me. I played through a lot to just be on the court.”
“It’s tough. No one ever wants the injury thing attached to them. People have to realize that I want to be on the court more than you want me on the court because of your fantasy lineup. I’m a young guy who is just trying to prove myself just by being in the NBA. I’m trying to get better. I’m trying to get the next contract. I can’t do any of that unless I’m on the court, so it’s one of those things, like Clint (Capela) said, you are always trying to prove yourself. That’s what comes with being an athlete. People will always say whatever, and it’s not like it gets to me, but it is in the back of my head because I don’t want to be labeled as the guy who is always hurt. I need to prove myself to our GM, to our coach, but I also have to prove to myself that I can be on the court and solidify where I want to be in the NBA.”
The amount of losing this team has done the past few seasons has eaten at the young players with all of them expressing some level of frustration at points, Huerter included. With his arms folded inside the visitors’ locker room after the New York Knicks embarrassed the Hawks in December and dropped Atlanta’s record to 6-22, Huerter said, “We’ve got to figure this s— out.” There are no personal accolades he wants to achieve next season; the only thing that matters is winning. “I just want to win. I am so sick of losing,” he said. “Since my sophomore year at Maryland, we didn’t have a good season team-wise and then obviously the first two years here. I want to win in Atlanta. I want to prove to everybody that what we’re doing is working. We have to take that next step.”