Buddy Hield
Buddy Hield
26-Year-Old GuardG
Sacramento Kings
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Hield has been a model of health through his first three years in the league, only missing two games. Last season was a breakout for the former No. 6 overall pick, as he set career highs in points (20.7), assists (2.5), rebounds (5.0), free-throw percentage (88.6), field-goal percentage (45.8) and made threes (3.4). Hield has emerged into one of the league's elite threats from long range. His 278 total hits from deep ranked fourth in 2018-19, and his career three-point percentage (41.9) is seventh among all active players. Hield has some big games under his belt, too, cracking the 30-point mark in seven games last season. Heading into 2019-20, Hield should maintain the same role with the Kings, so we shouldn't be surprised if he repeats his efforts from last year. While fantasy owners won't get much from Hield in terms of supplementary stats, his elite scoring ability from distance means he's still a great fantasy option. 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.
Possible trade request incoming
GSacramento Kings
October 17, 2019
Hield noted Wednesday night that he may request a trade if he and the Kings are unable to agree to a contract extension by Monday's deadline, Sean Cunningham of ABC 10 Sacramento reports. According to Hield, "If they don't wanna do it, then we look for somewhere else to go. Maybe in the offseason, maybe this season, I don't know."
The 26-year-old guard is still on his rookie contract, as he's entering his fourth year in the league after being drafted No. 6 overall in 2016. Hield set career highs nearly across the board last season in his 31.9 minutes per game with the Kings, including an impressive 20.7 points. He's established himself as one of the NBA's elite three-point shooters, hitting 3.4 per game in 2018-19. He also ranks sixth among all active players in three-point percentage (41.9). As with any possible trade demand, fantasy owners should take note. However, with the Kings looking to make the playoffs, it seems like it would be a priority to either deal Hield quickly, or play him his usual workload. Presumably, any team willing to trade for Hield will give him nearly 30 minutes per game.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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.
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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Scores 14 points
GSacramento Kings
October 17, 2019
Hield scored 14 points (5-10 FG, 3-7 3PT, 1-1 FT) to go along with six assists and two rebounds in 26 minutes during Sacramento's 124-110 exhibition win over Melbourne United on Wednesday.
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Leads way with 17 points
GSacramento Kings
October 5, 2019
Hield totaled 17 points (6-13 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five rebounds and five assists in 27 minutes during Saturday's preseason loss to against the Pacers.
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In contract extension negotiations
GSacramento Kings
September 3, 2019
Hield and the Kings' front office are working on a contract extension, Jason Anderson of the Sacramento Bee reports. According to general manager Vlade Divac, "We're working on it and we'll figure out something. Buddy is (a) very important piece to this franchise."
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Logs 16 minutes in finale
GSacramento Kings
April 11, 2019
Hield totaled nine points (3-6 FG, 3-5 3Pt), three rebounds and two assists across 16 minutes in the Kings' 136-131 loss to the Trail Blazers on Wednesday.
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Leads team with 17 points
GSacramento Kings
April 6, 2019
Hield totaled 17 points (7-17 FG, 3-7 3Pt), three rebounds and a steal over 26 minutes in the Kings' loss to the Jazz on Friday.
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