"I think what we’ve learned is that Kevin has a lot more swag than we’ve given him credit for," Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce said. "Soft-spoken, mild-mannered, and all of sudden he’ll dunk on you. And he’ll whisper something to you after he dunks on you."
Huerter’s teammate, point guard Trae Young, was one of two rookies to be unanimous first-team selections, along with Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks. Young and Doncic were joined on the first team by Deandre Ayton of the Phoenix Suns, Jaren Jackson Jr. of the Memphis Grizzlies and Marvin Bagley III of the Sacramento Kings. It’s only the second time the top five selections in the NBA draft were named to All-Rookie first team. The other time was the 1984-85 draft class of Hakeem Olajuwon, Sam Bowie, Michael Jordan, Sam Perkins and Charles Barkley.
Huerter averaged 9.7 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game while shooting 38.5% on 3-pointers. He started 59 of the 75 games he played. He was joined on the second team by Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Landry Shamet of the Los Angeles Clippers, Collin Sexton of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Mitchell Robinson of the New York Knicks.