Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant believes Sacramento Kings guard Kevin Hurter is playing the best basketball in the NBA, and compared the two-time Finals MVP to Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry.
On Boardroom’s “The ETCs” podcast, Durant talked about the Maryland product. “Kevin Huerter, right now, like Klay, is playing Steph,” the Nets forward said.
According to a few NBA betting sites, the Nets have the sixth-best odds to win the championship in 2023.
“Kevin Herter, right now, like Klay, Steph is playing. If you’re not a basketball fan and you’re locked in the league, you have to see how Kevin Herter shoots this ball right now.”@KDTrey5 He sees what they are doing in Sacramento. 👀
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– Boardroom (@boardroom) November 22, 2022
“If you’re not a basketball fan and you’re in the league, you should watch Kevin Hurter shoot this ball right now,” the Nets star continued. “It’s in the fifties…”
In 16 starts this season, Huerter is averaging career highs of 16.7 points, 1.1 steals, and 32.4 minutes per game. Additionally, he is shooting a career-best 50.5% from the field and 50% from 3-point range.
Now the guard’s weakness is his free throw shooting. Huerter is averaging a career-high 2.3 free throw attempts. But he’s only shooting 64.9%.
Nets forward Kevin Durant is playing Kevin Hurter like Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry.
Aside from the missed free kicks, the Kings keeper is playing brilliantly. He is posting a career-best true shooting percentage of 67.3 percent. And his 3-point attempts are 64.8%.
“Kevin Huerter is shooting three threes in game seven — I feel like seven or eight — and they’re all 50%,” the Nets wing added. “When you hear that and you see the clips and the movies, it’s like, ‘Oh – T, we’re in for a long night.’
And then De’Aaron Fox can get that hill to you every game and Harrison Barnes can get a bucket against anybody. Keegan Murray stars as Michael Porter Jr.
The Sacramento Kings trade Justin Holliday, Moe Harkless and a 2024 lottery-protected first-round pick for Kevin Huerter, who is averaging a career-high 16.6 points and shooting 50% from three.
One of the best trades in Kings franchise history.
— Cameron Salerno (@cameronsalerno1) November 22, 2022
Durant’s estimation of 3-point attempts was spot on. Huerter is averaging 7.4 shots from 3-point range this season. Sacramento’s guard is also averaging 3.7 threes per game.
After all, the Kings are playing their best basketball in years. After starting the season 2-5, the team is now 10-6 and fourth overall in the West.
On the other hand, the Nets are 8-10 and ranked 10th in the East.
Without Kevin Huerter, Sacramento might be in a different spot in the standings. For each game against the Kings, the guard Foxes (25.9) and Domantas Sabinis (17) only walks.
The Kings are also averaging a league-best 120.9 points per game. Sacramento fans are hoping to see their team end a 16-year playoff drought this season.