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NBA India Games 2019

NBA India Games 2019: Fast facts on Sacramento Kings' guard Buddy Hield

Buddy Hield
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A Bahamian national by birth, Hield, is a really good shooting guard, who has the ability to score efficiently and do a little bit of everything.

He had a remarkable final year in college and while he has made a name for himself during his three seasons in the NBA, there is plenty of potential he is yet to tap into.

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Background

Buddy Hield was born on December 17, 1992 in Freeport, Bahamas.

High school & College experience

Just like a majority of the American NBA players, Hield made a name for himself early.

He was featured as the best eight-grader in the Bahamas and one to watch in The All Bahamian Brand, a basketball magazine from the Bahamas. He carried his Jack Hayward High School basketball team to a title at the Grand Bahamas High School Championships and received an All Bahamian Brand All Bahamian Selection for his performance.

After his exploits in the Bahamas, Hield was recruited to attend high school at the Sunrise Christian Academy in Bel Aire, a suburb of Wichita. In his junior year at the school, he led his team to the National Association of Christian Athletes national championship and was named MVP of the tourney.

For his college basketball career, he chose the University of Oklahoma and unlike a majority of the NBA prospects, he played all of his four years at college (2012-16).

By accomplishments and recognition, Hield's final year with the Oklahoma Sooners (2015-16) could be considered among the best college seasons in recent years.

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He led the team to a 24-6 record in the regular season and here's a list of the awards he received in 2016 - John R. Wooden Award, Naismith College Player of the Year, Oscar Robertson Trophy, Sporting News College Player of the Year, Jerry West Award, Big 12 Player of the Year, Consensus first-team All-American, and First-Team All-Big 12.

In the 2016 edition of the NCAA Tournament, Hield and the Sooners were eliminated in the Final Four.

NBA career

Hield was picked sixth overall by the New Orleans Pelicans in the 2016 NBA Draft.

He was named the Western Conference Rookie of the Month in December, however, his tenure with the Pelicans wouldn't last longer than February. In February of 2017, after the All-Star Weekend, he was shipped to the Sacramento Kings in a deal that brought DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans.

The change in scenery seemed to have helped Hield.

He finished his rookie year with averages of 10.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists on 42.6% shooting from the field and 39.1% from beyond the arc. He was named a member of the All-Rookie First Team.

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From an efficiency standpoint, Hield has been a valuable addition to the Kings.

He blended well alongside the team's young point guard in De'Aaron Fox and has proven to be a reliable high-volume and high-efficiency long-range threat. In fact, for the 2018-19 season, Hield ranks fourth in most three-pointers made with 278 and seventh in three-point shooting percentage at 42.7%.

For the 2018-19 season, he played 82 games and finished with career-high averages of 20.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 2.5 assists.

Although not a finalist, Hield did finish fourth, right behind teammate Fox on the voting results for the Most Improved Player Award.

Skill set

Despite the Kings different paces of playing in Hield's two full seasons with the team, he certainly seems to enjoy playing in Sacramento. Slow (30th in 2017-18) or fast (3rd in 2018-19), he remains a high-volume long-range threat, one that fits perfectly in the league's current age of pace-and-space.

Evident from his ever-improving numbers, he seems to show the ability to improve in every aspect of the game if given enough of an opportunity.

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