Atlanta made the first major move of the draft, by not only trading back, but selecting the polarizing Trae Young with the fifth overall selection. The Hawks stuck with the trend of sharpshooters with their second pick in the first round, selecting Kevin Huerter out of Maryland.
After two years at Maryland, Huerter entered the draft not really knowing where he might end up. He was a consistent threat as a scorer with a high basketball IQ as a sophomore. His jump shot from the mid-range all the way out to the three-point line will translate to the NBA-level.
Travis Schlenk became the general manager of the Hawks after being the assistant general manager for the Golden State Warriors. He is very familiar with what it takes to build a world class team, and it is hard not to recognize what he is trying to do with these first two selections. Many would compare Trae Young to a young Steph Curry, and Kevin Huerter has a very similar game to Klay Thompson.
Take a look of some of Hueter’s highlights from Maryland: