Rookie guard Kevin Huerter is already entrenched in the rotation for the Atlanta Hawks and the former Maryland standout is showing plenty of flashes of the talent that made him a 2018 first round pick. Unfortunately, the 20-year-old wing was forced to exit Thursday’s game against the Sacramento Kings early, after he suffered what the team described as a right lateral ankle sprain.
Huerter collided with Kings guard Buddy Hield in the first quarter, as the pair was pursuing a loose ball. Immediately, it was clear that Hield’s actions were less than spectacular.
Here’s a great example of misplaced aggression where coaches tell players to dive on the floor needlessly. This was scary, quite frankly pic.twitter.com/V7PL7w7rey— BBALLBREAKDOWN (@bballbreakdown) November 1, 2018
While Huerter was immediately able to rise to his feet, the Hawks removed him from the contest and sent the youngster to the locker room for evaluation from the training staff.
From there, he was ruled out for the rest of the contest and further information should become available in the future. For now, Huerter will have the rest of the evening off and both player and team will be hoping that his ailment isn’t of a serious nature.