A rookie out of Virginia, Hunter immediately stepped into the starting lineup for the Hawks to begin the season. Hunter played 25 minutes on opening night in Detroit, finishing with 14 points, two rebounds and a pair of made threes in a Hawks victory. In a game against the Bucks on Nov. 20, Hunter topped 20 points for the first time in his career, notching 27 points on 8-of-12 shooting, to go with 11 rebounds and two assists. A few weeks later, he established a career-best with 28 points (11-17 FG) in a 135-121 loss to the Heat. A regular starter when healthy, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2019 draft entered the All-Star break with averages of 12.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 0.8 steals in 31.6 minutes per game (53 games). Coming out of the break, Hunter averaged 13.1 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 10 games before the season was suspended on Mar. 11. Against the 76ers on Feb. 24, Hunter posted 22 points, seven rebounds and two assists. He registered an 18-point, 10-rebound double-double against Brooklyn on Feb. 28 and posted another double-double (13 points, 11 rebounds) against Charlotte on Mar. 9.
June 20, 2019Drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1st round (4th pick) of the 2019 NBA Draft.
July 6, 2019As part of a 3-team trade, traded by the Los Angeles Lakers with Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram, cash, a 2021 1st round draft pick, a 2023 1st round draft pick and a 2024 1st round draft pick to the New Orleans Pelicans; the Los Angeles Lakers traded Isaac Bonga, Jemerrio Jones, Moritz Wagner and a 2022 2nd round draft pick to the Washington Wizards; the New Orleans Pelicans traded Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers; and the Washington Wizards traded cash to the New Orleans Pelicans. (9-30 protected, unprotected in 2022) (2023 first-round pick is right to swap with LAL.) (NOP have the option to defer 2024 first-round pick to 2025.)
July 7, 2019Signed a multi-year rookie contract with the Atlanta Hawks