De'Andre Hunter
De'Andre Hunter
23-Year-Old ForwardF
Atlanta Hawks  NBA  
Atlanta Hawks
Out
Injury Knee
Est. Return 3/31/2021
2020 Fantasy Outlook
The 2019 lottery pick enjoyed a solid rookie campaign, averaging 12.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.8 dimes and 1.7 threes. He started all but one game and logged 32.0 minutes per contest, seeing immediate playing time for the Hawks. On the season, he provided eight games with 20 points, including a season-high 28 on Dec 10 against Miami. He also notched three double-doubles. Hunter's playing time and role is in jeopardy this season, however, as the Hawks signed Danilo Gallinari and Bogdan Bogdanovic to sizeable deals. Gallinari is expected to come off the bench, but Hunter will still be battling for playing time with him, Bogdanovic, Cam Reddish and Kevin Huerter. Hunter ranked just 197th in per-game production last season, so he should only be drafted as a flier in deep leagues this time around. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $14.49 million contract with the Hawks in July of 2019. Hawks exercised $7.78 million team option for 2021-22 in December of 2020.
Personal Bio

De'Andre Hunter is the son of Priscilla Hunter. He was born in 1997 in the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia. Hunter has one brother and two sisters. The defensive stalwart attended Friends' Central School in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. As a junior, he averaged 21.6 points, 11.0 boards and 5.0 dimes per contest, which led to Pennsylvania Class AA Player of the Year honors. During his senior season, his numbers improved to 23.5 points, 9.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.5 blocks per game. That production led to Pennsylvania Class AA Player of the Year and First-Team All-State AA honors. Off the court, Hunter has volunteered for the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge and Aids Fund. Fans can follow Hunter on Twitter and Instagram via @drehunter.

College/International Summary

As a freshman in 2017-18, Hunter was arguably Virginia's best player, but missed the NCAA Tournament with a wrist injury. The Cavaliers became the first one-seed to lose in the NCAA Tournament to UMBC. Coach Tony Bennett's team came back in Hunter's sophomore season with a steely resolve and the 6-8 forward helped the squad to the National Championship. He was second on the team with 15.2 points and 5.1 rebounds. The forward converted 52.0 percent of his field goals and 43.8 percent from beyond the arc. He provided 20 points or more in 10 games, but saved his best game for last. In the national championship game against Texas Tech, Hunter led the Cavaliers with a season-high 27 points and played staunch defense against Red Raider guard Jarrett Culver. He added nine rebounds and hit a game-tying 3-pointer with 12.9 seconds remaining in regulation. Hunter led the mass exodus from the National Champions by declaring for the 2019 NBA Draft after two seasons in Charlottesville. He was chosen by the Los Angeles Lakers with the fourth overall pick but was dealed to both the New Orleans Pelicans and the Atlanta Hawks before the start of the 2019-20 NBA season.

Progressing in rehab
FAtlanta Hawks
Knee
February 17, 2021
Hunter (knee) has moved to weight-bearing exercises and some on-court work as he rehabs from surgery on his right meniscus, Marc Spears of The Undefeated reports.
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Hunter underwent a debridement procedure just over a week ago, so the fact that he's already making progress is a considerable step in the right direction. Spears notes that Hunter has been able to go through form shooting and ball-handling drills in addition to activities geared toward strengthening the knee. The Hawks plan to evaluate Hunter in two weeks, at which point we should have a better gauge as to whether he's ahead of the seven-to-10-week timetable the team initially put forth. Prior to the injury, Hunter was enjoying a breakout sophomore campaign, averaging 17.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 0.9 steals while raising his shooting percentages across the board.
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A rookie out of Virginia, Hunter immediately stepped into the starting lineup for the Hawks to begin the season. Hunter played 25 minutes on opening night in Detroit, finishing with 14 points, two rebounds and a pair of made threes in a Hawks victory. In a game against the Bucks on Nov. 20, Hunter topped 20 points for the first time in his career, notching 27 points on 8-of-12 shooting, to go with 11 rebounds and two assists. A few weeks later, he established a career-best with 28 points (11-17 FG) in a 135-121 loss to the Heat. A regular starter when healthy, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2019 draft entered the All-Star break with averages of 12.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 0.8 steals in 31.6 minutes per game (53 games). Coming out of the break, Hunter averaged 13.1 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 10 games before the season was suspended on Mar. 11. Against the 76ers on Feb. 24, Hunter posted 22 points, seven rebounds and two assists. He registered an 18-point, 10-rebound double-double against Brooklyn on Feb. 28 and posted another double-double (13 points, 11 rebounds) against Charlotte on Mar. 9.

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Transaction History
  • June 20, 2019
    Drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1st round (4th pick) of the 2019 NBA Draft.
  • July 6, 2019
    As part of a 3-team trade, traded by the Los Angeles Lakers with Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram, cash, a 2021 1st round draft pick, a 2023 1st round draft pick and a 2024 1st round draft pick to the New Orleans Pelicans; the Los Angeles Lakers traded Isaac Bonga, Jemerrio Jones, Moritz Wagner and a 2022 2nd round draft pick to the Washington Wizards; the New Orleans Pelicans traded Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers; and the Washington Wizards traded cash to the New Orleans Pelicans. (9-30 protected, unprotected in 2022) (2023 first-round pick is right to swap with LAL.) (NOP have the option to defer 2024 first-round pick to 2025.)
  • July 7, 2019
    Signed a two-year contract with the Atlanta Hawks.
  • December 21, 2020
    Atlanta Hawks exercised $7.78 million team option for 2021-22.
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2019 Fantasy Outlook
Hunter, selected by the Hawks with the fourth overall pick in the 2019 Draft, is arguably the most versatile defensive player in the rookie class, and he helped lead Virginia to a National Championship as a sophomore last season. He projects as a three-and-D forward who can be relied upon as a spot-up shooter and defend multiple positions, notably shooting 46-for-105 (43.8 percent) from three and averaging a combined 1.2 steals/blocks in 2018-19. Hunter figures to slot in as Atlanta's starting small forward, completing a young presumed lineup of Trae Young, Kevin Hurter, John Collins and Alex Len. Hunter doesn't have huge upside as a fantasy asset considering he was a low-usage player in college (10.4 FGA and 2.0 APG), but he has the potential to provide value in the three-pointers, rebounding and defensive categories.
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Long-term absence confirmed
FAtlanta Hawks
Knee
February 9, 2021
Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk said that Hunter underwent successful surgery on his right knee Monday, Mike Conti of the Atlanta Hawks Radio Network reports. "Doctors say, typically, on average, these things are 7-to-10 weeks," Schlenk said of Hunter's projected recovery timeline. "And most of the guys are ready to go by eight weeks. So we're hopeful."
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Slated to undergo procedure
FAtlanta Hawks
Knee
February 7, 2021
Hunter will undergo a lateral meniscus arthroscopic debridement procedure Monday that will keep him out at least two weeks, Sarah K. Spencer of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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Still out Saturday
FAtlanta Hawks
Knee
February 5, 2021
Hunter (knee) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against the Raptors, Brad Rowland of PeachtreeHoops.com reports.
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Out at least one week
FAtlanta Hawks
Knee
January 30, 2021
Hunter (knee) underwent an MRI, which revealed articular wear and tear in his right knee, and he'll be reviewed next week following a non-surgical procedure Saturday morning.
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Won't return Friday
FAtlanta Hawks
Knee
January 29, 2021
Hunter was ruled out for the second half of Friday's game against Washington due to right knee soreness, Sarah K. Spencer of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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