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25-under-25: De'Andre Hunter at No. 22



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De’Andre Hunter is a secondary creator the Atlanta Hawks desperately need on the court

He converted a respectable 62 percent of his shots at the rim last year, thanks to both a higher share of assisted looks and improved craft around the rim.

The lone part of Hunter’s game that didn’t improve last year was his 3-point shot, which will be a critical part of his fit in Atlanta’s offense. Even as his overall efficiency rose, Hunter shot just 32.6 percent from distance last season thanks to a slightly larger share of pull-up jumpers and a drop in catch-and-shoot accuracy.

It would be great if Hunter could eventually give Atlanta another dynamic on-ball creator, but it may be more important, at least next season, for him to master the basics of his role – a complementary piece for now, with a world of possibilities to explore.

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