Red-hot Huerter living up to billing as Kings' 3-point savior


In his first six games in a Kings uniform, Kevin Huerter has been as advertised. And then some.

Acquired by Sacramento for Justin Holiday, Moe Harkless and a future first-round pick in a trade four months ago, Huerter was general manager Monte McNair’s primary answer for the Kings’ 3-point shooting woes last season.

In six contests, Huerter is averaging a career-high 18.3 points, 4.2 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 30.8 minutes per game.

52 NBA players have attempted at least 40 3-pointers this season, but none have converted at a higher clip than Huerter (52.3 percent).

Extend that further to players with at least 30 attempts and Huerter ranks second, trailing only the New Orleans Pelicans' Trey Murphy III (19 of 35; 54.3 percent).

Huerter has knocked down a total of 25 triples, tied with Buddy Hield last season for the most in Kings franchise history through six games. He is the lone NBA player to notch four games with at least five 3-pointers this season.

Only five players have three such games.

The 3-point statistics go on and on. In short: The dude can't miss.

"I’m getting a lot of these shots in the flow of our offense," Huerter said following Sacramento's first win of the season Saturday, a much-needed 119-113 triumph over the Miami Heat. "That’s the biggest thing for me, just working for shots. The more I can move and space the floor, the easier it is for everybody else.

"A lot of these shots are in the flow of what we’re trying to do. I’m just knocking them down."

Huerter was at his best against Miami, draining 7 of 8 attempts from deep for a season-high 27 points, just two shy of his career-best 29. He returned two days later on Halloween and dropped five more triples and 26 points.

Both performances resulted in wins.

His overall impact on the Kings' offensive output has been incredible through six games.

Sacramento is averaging a jaw-dropping 43.8 more points per 100 possessions when Huerter is on the floor compared to when he's on the bench, per Cleaning the Glass.

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That's the second-highest on/off court differential in the NBA, trailing only Keldon Johnson of the San Antonio Spurs (+48.7). Huerter, C.J. McCollum (+33) and back-to-back MVP Nikola Jokić (+31.2) round out the top four in that category.

Like the alien costume Huerter donned at the Kings' Halloween party last week, his offensive impact in Sacramento has been out of this world.

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