Buddy Hield
Buddy Hield
26-Year-Old GuardG
Sacramento Kings
2018 Fantasy Outlook
2017-18 marked Hield’s second year in the league after being drafted sixth overall in 2016. He garnered sixth-man run in his 80 appearances (12 starts) with the Kings last season, seeing 25.3 minutes per tilt. He was one of the league’s best three-point shooters, hitting 2.2 per game at 43.1 percent en route to 13.5 points. Hield also filled out some supplementary stats, averaging 3.8 boards, 1.9 dimes and 1.1 steals. He put together some bigger games as well, posting 13 games with at least 20 points, five with at least five assists, and 10 with at least three steals. While he’s shown legitimate upside, it won't be easy for Hield to garner a bigger role this season. Bogdan Bogdanovic and Justin Jackson are still options for Sacramento on the wing, and are each likely to see similar run to 2017-18. That said, even if Hield’s numbers don't see much improvement this season, he’s still worth consideration in the mid-to-late rounds of Fantasy drafts. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $7.19 million contract with the Pelicans in July of 2016. Traded to the Kings in February of 2017. Kings exercised $3.83 million team option for 2018-19 in October of 2017. Kings exercised $4.86 million team option for 2019-20 in October of 2018.
Paces team in scoring
GSacramento Kings
February 14, 2019
Hield generated a team-high 25 points (9-23 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 5-5 FT) to go with five rebounds, three assists and one steal in 34 minutes Wednesday in the Kings' 120-118 loss to the Nuggets.
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Hield nearly willed the Kings to an upset victory on the road over one of the Western Conference's top teams. After cutting the Denver lead to four points on a driving layup with 15.1 seconds left, Hield had the ball in his hands again on the final possession, but he couldn't convert on a potential go-ahead three-pointer at the buzzer. Despite the disappointing result for the Kings, Hield has more than satisfied his fantasy managers of late. He's hit double figures in scoring in 22 straight games, averaging 21.8 points on 48.7 percent shooting from the field and 48.1 percent shooting from three-point range.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
Hield began his rookie year last season as a member of the Pelicans, garnering 20.4 minutes per game, before being dealt to Sacramento as part of the trade that sent DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans. After joining the Kings, Hield saw his time on the floor make a significant jump, rising to 29.1 minutes per contest. While he was a fringe Fantasy option on the Pelicans, his move to the Kings not only came with increased playing time, but increased efficiency and production overall. He saw his effective field-goal percentage bounce from 48.7 up to 57.9 and his points rise from 8.6 to 15.1 per game. His 2.4 made threes per game on the Kings also turned him into a legitimate Fantasy threat in formats that account for the stat. The 6-foot-4 guard didn’t provide much value as far as supplementary statistics, posting just 4.1 boards and 1.8 assists per game, but his quick trigger finger ensured he was always in the running for a 20-plus point outburst. Though the Kings added some backcourt depth over the offseason, the Kings are notably high on Hield’s potential, nearly ensuring he’ll see a similar workload during the 2017-18 campaign as he did last season with the team.
With the expectation that they wouldn’t be able to retain top marksmen Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon in free agency, the Pelicans addressed their need for three-point shooting by scooping up Hield with the sixth overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. The Oklahoma standout took home the Wooden Award in 2015-16, averaging 25.0 points and 5.7 rebounds per game while posting otherworldly shooting marks of 50.1 percent from the field, 45.7 percent from three-point land and 88 percent from the charity stripe. The mark from distance was arguably the most impressive of them all, considering Hield put up a whopping 8.7 attempts per game. As a four-year player who often looked unchallenged at the collegiate level, Hield is viewed as one of the more pro-ready prospects in his draft class. The problem is that he didn’t really show as much in five summer league contests for the Pelicans, averaging 16.8 points per game, but turning the ball over 2.8 times per game and hitting only 32.7 and 22.9 percent of his attempts from the field and from downtown, respectively. That small sample shouldn’t be taken as evidence that Hield’s game won’t translate to the next level, though it does illustrate the difficulties prospects of any caliber face with the transition to the NBA. With the projected backcourt starters Jrue Holiday (personal) and Tyreke Evans (knee) expected to miss the first several weeks of the season, Hield will have the opportunity to challenge for the Pelicans’ starting gig at shooting guard, but he’ll need to perform far better in training camp than he did in summer league to claim those duties. If that proves too much to ask, Hield could find himself on the fringe of the rotation to start the season, with Tim Frazier, E’Twaun Moore, Langston Galloway and Lance Stephenson all threats to take minutes from him. Hield’s upside still probably remains higher than all four of those players, but before investing, it’s imperative to track his production during the preseason in order to suss out what his role be to open the year.
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Seals victory with free throws
GSacramento Kings
February 8, 2019
Hield contributed 23 points (8-16 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 3-4 FT), seven rebounds, one assist and two blocks across 34 minutes in the Kings' 102-96 win over the Heat on Friday.
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Double-doubles in loss
GSacramento Kings
February 7, 2019
Hield totaled 20 points (8-17 FG, 3-10 3Pt, 1-1 FT), 10 rebounds, and two assists in 33 minutes during Wednesday's 127-101 loss to the Rockets.
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Torches Philly with seven threes
GSacramento Kings
February 3, 2019
Hield produced 24 points (12-21 FG, 7-13 3Pt, 3-4 FT), six rebounds, three assists and a steal across 35 minutes in Saturday's 115-108 win over the Sixers.
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Scores 26 points in Friday's win
GSacramento Kings
January 25, 2019
Hield had 26 points (9-18 FG, 6-9 3Pt, 2-3 FT), seven rebounds, and two assists in 36 minutes during Friday's 99-96 win over the Grizzlies.
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Turns in quiet showing
GSacramento Kings
January 21, 2019
Hield scored 11 points (4-10 FG, 3-6 3Pt) and recorded seven rebounds along with an assist across 27 minutes Monday against Brooklyn.
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