De'Andre Hunter

De'Andre Hunter

23-Year-Old ForwardF
Atlanta Hawks  NBA  
Atlanta Hawks
2021 Fantasy Outlook
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.
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.

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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.

No longer on injury report
FAtlanta Hawks
October 14, 2021
Hunter (knee) isn't on the injury report ahead of Thursday's preseason game against the Heat.
ANALYSIS
Hunter has been limited throughout the preseason due to his knee issue, but he'll be ready to go for the team's final exhibition game. The 23-year-old averaged 15.0 points and 4.8 rebounds in 29.5 minutes per game across 23 appearances last year.
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2020

Hunter played in 23 games during his second season in the NBA. The 23-year-old averaged 15.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.5 steals in 29.5 minutes per game. The Virginia product shot 48.4 percent from the field, 32.6 percent from three and 85.9 percent from the free-throw line. The 2019 No. 4 overall pick scored 20-plus points seven times, including a season-high 33 against the Bucks on Jan. 24. During the contest, he went 13-for-21 from the field, 2-for-5 from three and 5-for-6 from the free-throw line. The 6-foot-8 forward grabbed five-plus rebounds 13 times, including a season-high 11 against the Grizzlies on Dec. 26. He also distributed multiple assists 11 times, including a season-high five against the Hornets on Jan. 6. Defensively, the ex-Cavalier recorded at least one steal 14 times and multiple steals three times, including a season-high four against the Timberwolves on Jan. 22. He also blocked at least one shot in 12 games and multiple shots in three games. Per 36 minutes, Hunter averaged 18.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.6 blocks.

2019

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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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2019
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.
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Probable Thursday
FAtlanta Hawks
Knee
October 13, 2021
Hunter (knee) is probable for Thursday's preseason finale against the Heat.
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Participates in practice Monday
FAtlanta Hawks
October 11, 2021
Hunter (knee) was able to practice Monday, Sarah K. Spencer of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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Out Saturday
FAtlanta Hawks
Knee
October 9, 2021
Hunter (knee) is out Saturday against the Grizzlies, Kevin Chouinard of the Hawks' official site reports.
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Questionable Saturday
FAtlanta Hawks
Knee
October 8, 2021
Hunter (knee) is questionable for Saturday's preseason matchup against the Grizzlies, Sarah K. Spencer of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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Doesn't practice Friday
FAtlanta Hawks
Knee
October 8, 2021
Coach Nate McMillan said Hunter (knee) didn't practice Friday because he was dealing with soreness, Kevin Chouinard of the Hawks' official site reports.
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