Hawks first-rounder Kevin Huerter cleared after pre-draft injury

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Kevin Huerter underwent hand surgery shortly before the NBA draft. He didn’t present Michael Porter Jr.-level risk, but it’s still a bit nerve-racking to pick a player who’s too injured to play at the time of the draft.

Thankfully for Huerter and the Hawks, he overcame his injury without complication.

Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Kevin Huerter has been 100 percent cleared for all basketball activities

Huerter provided excellent value at No. 19. The shooting guard has range beyond the 3-point arc, and he can create as a driver. His defense looks problematic, though.

After missing summer league, he might be a little behind for next season. But there’s still plenty of time for Huerter to catch up – especially because Atlanta seems content to tank next season, anyway.