Sacramento Kings final month stock watch: 2 risers and 1 faller

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Kevin Huerter’s stock is falling 

This is not Kevin Huerter’s season. His shot isn’t falling, marking his worst three-point percentage since the 2020-21 season, and his defensive shortcomings are on full display. 

All season long, Mike Brown has been calling for his perimeter players to be physical and active defensively. Every once in a while, Huerter does that, but more often than not, he is a defensive liability. Opponents hunt Huerter, and the Kings do not have the paint presence to make up for his mistakes on the perimeter.

Plus, he has been struggling with his shot, hitting only 4 of his 18 three-point attempts this month. As a result, we have seen Mike Brown shorten his leash. In the wins over the Lakers and Spurs, he went with Keon Ellis and Davion Mitchell instead, sitting Huerter for most of the games.

Right now, Huerter’s stock is falling, but there is still time for him to get back on track. His talent as a shooter and impactful NBA player didn’t just disappear; he just has to unlock it again. If Huerter can find his shot, it would be huge for the Kings. The team’s offense just isn’t clicking like it used to, and Huerter’s struggles are a big part of that.