One of Monte McNair’s best moves as Sacramento Kings GM was last summer’s trade that brought Kevin Huerter to Sacramento in exchange for a protected first round pick. The outgoing pick will hopefully be conveyed this year, removing the lingering hindrance on future trade opportunities. But Kevin Huerter was such a vital piece to Sacramento’s success last season that there’s not really any debate about whether the owed pick was worth it.
Huerter had a breakout season in Sacramento last year. Despite still not being the primary option on offense, he found great success in the Kings offense. Huerter shot a career-best 40.2% from three on a career-high 6.8 3PAs per game. This led to a career high 15.2 points per game. And yet despite all these successes, it feels like Huerter still has room to grow. Red Velvet is just 25 years old, and despite the solid averages any Kings fan can tell you that they numbers could have been even better without a few slumps throughout the season.
For the Kings offense to continue to fire on all cylinders, Huerter’s gravity and his chemistry in the two-man game with Domantas Sabonis are vital. Huerter doesn’t need to raise his ceiling to have a huge impact on this team, he simply needs to raise his floor. Make those bad nights just slightly more productive. Because when Huerter is on, the Kings are hard to beat.