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Kings' Huerter out for season with shoulder surgery

Published March 30, 2024 at 12:17

Huerter intends to undergo surgery on his left shoulder to mend a torn labrum sustained on March 18 during a collision with Memphis' Desmond Bane while driving to the basket. He suffered a dislocated left shoulder during the incident and has been absent from the last five games.

The 25-year-old has maintained averages of 10.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game this season, starting in 59 games.

Brown hinted at the possibility of Huerter returning if the Kings advance deep into the playoffs, and assured that Huerter will remain involved with the team during his recovery process.

''Him talking to guys, whether it's on the bench, in practice, shootaround or off the floor, it's going to be huge," Brown said. "He's going to be around as much as he can."

Following a standout performance last season, where he averaged 15.2 points per game and boasted a 40.2% 3-point shooting percentage, Huerter entered his second year with Sacramento after being traded from the Atlanta Hawks in 2022.

With Huerter sidelined due to injury, Keon Ellis has taken his place in the starting lineup for the remainder of the season. Ellis, a second-year guard, has been stepping up in Huerter's absence, averaging 4.4 points per game in roughly 15 minutes of playtime this season.

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Currently, the Kings are positioned seventh in the Western Conference with a record of 42-31, competing against the Mavericks to secure a spot and avoid the play-in tournament. Despite losing two consecutive games and holding a 6-4 record in their last ten, they remain strong in assists this season, ranking in the top 10. While known for their offensive prowess, their offensive rating has dipped compared to the previous season.

However, they maintain a strong presence in 3-point field goals, ranking fifth, although Huerter's absence may affect this aspect negatively. Notably, they are also ninth in points per game, ensuring exciting matchups for fans.

As of the Friday game against the Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento maintains the eighth position in the Western Conference standings.

Source Fox Sports : Sacramento Kings' Kevin Huerter to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery
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