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Sacramento Kings Lose Kevin Huerter for the Rest of the 2023-24 NBA Season

On Friday, the Sacramento Kings announced that guard Kevin Huerter, who suffered a dislocated shoulder and a torn labrum on March 18, will be out for the rest of the season and will have surgery on his left shoulder to repair the torn labrum, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. It is expected that Huerter will be fully recovered by the start of the 2024-25 season.

Huerter has missed five games since his injury. This season, he has averaged 10.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.6 assists. In games where Huerter has scored more than 15 points, the Kings are 11-4. Since his injury, the Kings are 3-2. Keon Ellis has taken over Huerter’s spot in the lineup. Ellis is averaging 4.4 points, 1.7 rebounds, and 1.4 assists.


Losing Huerter is a massive loss for the Kings. Without Huerter, it would be hard for the Kings to make the playoffs. He was a huge reason why the Kings made the playoffs last year, ending a 16-year drought, as he averaged career highs in points(15.2), field goal percentage (48.5), and three-point shooting percentage (40.2). With Huerter out, the Kings will probably not make the playoffs.

Entering Friday’s game, the Kings are 42-30 and in eighth place in the Western Conference. They are one game behind the Dallas Mavericks, who are in sixth place.

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