Hunter was on his way to being one of the best steals of 2020 fantasy drafts, but he suffered a knee injury Jan. 29 that kept him out nearly for the rest of the season. The sophomore forward ended up playing just 23 games, but he made major strides. Before the injury, he saw 33.4 minutes per game and averaged 17.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.4 combined steals-plus-blocks. His shot was excellent, as he went 52/38/89. Leading up to his injury, he ranked as the 50th-best player in fantasy on a per-game basis. Hunter is expected to be ready for training camp, and he'll be a great selection in drafts this season for informed fantasy managers. He could easily slip in drafts due to lack of name recognition and the significant injury, but considering how well he was playing, there will be some managers targeting him as high as the fifth round. Hunter should open the 2021-22 season as Atlanta's starting small forward and see usage similar to what he was garnering before his injury. 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. Hawks exercised $9.84 million team option for 2022-23 in October of 2021.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary
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. 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.
Expected to be game-time decision
January 26, 2022
Coach Nate McMillan said Hunter (back) went through shootaround and will be a game-time decision ahead of Wednesday's contest against the Kings, Chris Kirschner of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS Hunter landed on the injury report Tuesday with low back discomfort and is officially listed as questionable. With Hunter, Bogdan Bogdanovic (knee) and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (illness) all likely to be game-time decisions, it's difficult to project what the Hawks' lineup will look like until closer to the 7:30 PM ET tip.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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.
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.