Kevin Huerter Remains In NBA Draft

This past Wednesday afternoon, 19 year-old Maryland Terrapin sophomore guard Kevin Huerter announced on his Instagram that he would remain in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Making the NBA is the opportunity of a lifetime, but everything thing in life has pros and cons. Lets take a deeper look.

Pros

Money

CBS Sports Mock Draft has Huerter to be selected 24th by the Portland Trailblazers. This would include a guaranteed contract. Last year the 24th pick made 1.3 million dollars in their first year.  Below is the the 2017- 2018 Rookie Scale. The money increases each year and if you play better then your contract, best believe you will get an ultimate payday.

Pick 1st Year Salary 2nd Year Salary 3rd Year Option Salary 4th Year Option:
Percentage Increased Over 3rd Year Salary
Qualifying Offer:
Percentage Increase Over 4th Year Salary
1 $5,855,200 $6,949,900 $8,121,000 26.1% 30.0%
2 $5,238,800 $6,218,300 $7,266,100 26.2% 30.5%
3 $4,704,500 $5,584,000 $6,525,000 26.4% 31.2%
4 $4,241,700 $5,034,600 $5,882,900 26.5% 31.9%
5 $3,841,000 $4,559,100 $5,327,300 26.7% 32.6%
6 $3,488,600 $4,140,900 $4,838,700 26.8% 33.4%
7 $3,184,700 $3,780,100 $4,417,000 27.0% 34.1%
8 $2,917,600 $3,463,100 $4,046,500 27.2% 34.8%
9 $2,681,900 $3,183,300 $3,719,700 27.4% 35.5%
10 $2,547,700 $3,024,100 $3,533,500 27.5% 36.2%
11 $2,420,400 $2,872,900 $3,357,000 32.7% 36.9%
12 $2,299,400 $2,729,400 $3,189,300 37.8% 37.6%
13 $2,184,400 $2,592,900 $3,029,800 42.9% 38.3%
14 $2,075,300 $2,463,200 $2,878,400 48.1% 39.1%
15 $1,971,300 $2,339,900 $2,734,100 53.3% 39.8%
16 $1,872,900 $2,223,000 $2,597,700 53.4% 40.5%
17 $1,779,200 $2,111,900 $2,467,600 53.6% 41.2%
18 $1,690,300 $2,006,300 $2,344,400 53.8% 41.9%
19 $1,614,100 $1,915,900 $2,238,800 54.0% 42.6%
20 $1,549,500 $1,839,200 $2,149,000 54.2% 43.3%
21 $1,487,500 $1,765,700 $2,063,200 59.3% 44.1%
22 $1,428,100 $1,695,100 $1,980,700 64.5% 44.8%
23 $1,371,000 $1,627,300 $1,901,500 69.7% 45.5%
24 $1,316,200 $1,562,200 $1,825,600 74.9% 46.2%
25 $1,263,500 $1,499,700 $1,752,500 80.1% 46.9%
26 $1,221,600 $1,450,000 $1,694,300 80.3% 47.6%
27 $1,186,300 $1,408,200 $1,645,500 80.4% 48.3%
28 $1,179,100 $1,399,600 $1,635,300 80.5% 49.0%
29 $1,170,500 $1,389,300 $1,623,400 80.5% 50.0%
30 $1,162,100 $1,379,300 $1,611,800 80.5% 50.0%

Career Season 

In his last season as a Terrapin, Huerter averaged 14.8 points per game and was the team’s second leading scorer. He was very efficient from the field shooting 50% and 41% from beyond the arc. At 6 ft 7, he will bring a team good height and length. He impressed at the combine, especially with his shooting. Teams will always need a shooting specialist.  In his junior year he was expected to make a huge leap. It could also just be his time to make the next step and join the NBA.

Cons

Playing time 

The NBA is very competitive and it will be a challenge to even see the floor on a consistent basis in your first year. Say if Huerter gets to play for the Trailblazers, he will be in a backcourt with two excellent guards in Damian Lillard and Cj McCollum. The pace is faster and its difficult for rookies to adjust to all the traveling, learning play books and etc. If he is riding the bench it may hurt his confidence and could impact his game. When you go from being the man to just a role player.

Bust

Even with a good combine and sophomore outing, he could end up being a bust. Some players are just good in college and never translate in the NBA. Staying in college would help with experience and flaws in his game that will be exposed at the next level. Being only 19 in the NBA will be a great challenge. The only thing that will tell is time.

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Ashton Horne is an upcoming writer who currently resides in Harford County. He currently interns for TheDMVDaily as a journalist.

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