Buddy Hield
Buddy Hield
28-Year-Old GuardG
Sacramento Kings
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Hield's reputation as an elite three-point shooter continued in 2019-20, as the shooting guard hit 3.8 threes per game at a 39.4 percent clip, contributing to his 19.2 points per game. Hield also added 4.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 30.8 minutes. Those averages weren't steady, however, as Hield's role changed dramatically late in the season. Prior to the All-Star break, he started 44 of 54 games, averaging 20.4 points in 33.4 minutes. After the break, he started none of his 18 appearances, averaging 15.6 points in 22.9 minutes as he fell out of favor with coach Luke Walton. Given Hield's strong play over the past two seasons, the reduced role was surprising to many, especially fantasy managers who were unfortunate enough to have him on their roster during that stretch. The situation makes it tough to gauge Hield's draft stock for 2020-21, as there has been no clarification regarding what we can expect playing-time wise. However, with Bogdan Bogdanovic moving on to Atlanta, it seems possible Hield will get his starting role back, unless Luke Walton takes a liking to Tyrese Haliburton. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $94 million contract extension with the Kings in October of 2019.
Personal Bio

Chavano Rainer Hield is the son of Jackie Swann and Richard Bryanen. He was born in 1992 in the Bahamas in the northwest town of Freeport. He has three brothers and three sisters and moved to the United States in 2010. Hield ran track in high school and was a middle-distance runner, typically participating in the 400- or 800-meter races as well as the one-mile run. While at the University of Oklahoma, Hield majored in Human Relations. In 2019, the shooting guard started the Buddy Hield Foundation to help victims in the Bahamas affected by the devastation of Hurricane Dorian as well as assist Bahamian kids in need. Hield also hosts multiple camps during the summer, including his Hope 24 Basketball Clinic in Nassau, the Buddy Hield Basketball Camp in Rocklin, California and the Buddy Hield Camp in Wichita, Kansas. Fans can follow the shooting guard on Twitter (@buddyhield) and Instagram (@buddylove242).

College/International Summary

Prior to being made the 6th pick in the 2016 NBA Draft by New Orleans, Buddy Hield spent four seasons (2012-16) with the Oklahoma Sooners. A four-year starter, Hield finished his career as the Big 12's all-time leading scorer as well as being ranked second at Oklahoma in scoring with 2,291 points. After his junior season (2014-15), Hield was named Big 12 Player of the Year and was a Wooden Award finalist. During his senior season (2015-16), on Jan. 4, Hield scored 46 points against Kansas, tied for the most ever by a KU opponent inside Allen Fieldhouse. He ended his senior year with averages of 25.0 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.1 steals, and 0.5 blocks per game. Hield's 925 points for the season led the NCAA. Those numbers were worthy of a variety of accolades, including being named Big 12 Player of the Year, a consensus first-team All- American, and the winner of the Wooden Award, Naismith Award, and Oscar Robertson Trophy as the consensus national player of the year.

Comes close to triple-double
GSacramento Kings
May 6, 2021
Hield registered 16 points (6-16 FG, 4-11 3Pt), eight rebounds, eight assists and two steals across 40 minutes in Wednesday's win at Indiana.
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Hield ended just two rebounds and two assists shy of posting a triple-double while seeing an uptick in his workload -- he's now attempted 15-plus shots and 10-plus treys in each of his last three games. The sharpshooter has been a reliable threat for the Kings, though, scoring in double digits in eight of his last nine games.
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Hield appeared in all 72 games of the pandemic-shortened 2019-20 season, starting 44 times and averaging 30.8 minutes per contest -- the second-highest mark of his career. He also drained a career-best 3.8 three-pointers per contest, and his 271 total three-pointers ranked second in the Association behind only James Harden. On Nov. 25, the sharpshooter tallied 41 points, five rebounds, two assists and a career-high 11 three-pointers during a one-point loss at Boston. Ten games before the All-Star break, coach Luke Walton shifted Hield to a sixth-man role in which he ultimately averaged 26.6 minutes per contest. On Jan. 27, Hield came off the bench and recorded a career-best 42 points at Minnesota, going 14-of-24 from the floor with nine threes in 38 minutes of action. All in all, he scored 20-plus points on 38 occasions, clearing 30 points five times and 40 twice. On Feb. 8, Hield posted 31 points with nine three-pointers, six rebounds, five assists, and two steals during a home win over the Spurs. Hield led the Kings in points (1,382), three-pointers (271) and field goal attempts (1,162), and he finished second on the club behind De'Aaron Fox in steals (66).

2018

Hield had a breakout season with the Kings in his third NBA campaign. The 26-year-old guard averaged a career-high 20.7 points per game, which placed him among the top-30 in the league. Hield really did damage from 3-point range, where he shot 42.7 percent on 7.9 attempts per game. His 278 total made 3-pointers ranked fourth in the league and his 651 attempts were fifth. Hield's high for 3-pointers made in a game was eight, which he did in a four-point loss to Golden State on Jan. 5. He also knocked down seven 3-pointers in a game five times. Hield rounded out his offensive game by shooting a career-best 48.7 percent from 2-point range and a career-best 88.6 percent from the free-throw line, making him a particularly challenging player to slow down. While the Oklahoma product grabbed headlines for his 3-point shooting and overall scoring prowess, he also chipped in a career-high 5.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. Hield's emergence coincided with a breakout season for second-year point guard De'Aaron Fox, and the two formed a formidable backcourt for an improving Sacramento team that scored 114.2 points per game, good for ninth in the NBA. Hield was the driving force, as he led the Kings in scoring and finished second on the team with 31.9 minutes per game.

2017

Serving as Sacramento's sixth man for the majority of his second NBA season, Hield continued to show why he is viewed as one of the very best outside shooters in the Association. He shot 44.6 percent from the field in addition to drilling 43.1 percent of his three point attempts. The later number placed him ninth in the NBA, while his 176 total triples were good for 20th overall. Hield also shot 87.7 percent from the line. Hield sunk at least one three-pointer in 18 of his first 19 contests to begin the season. On Nov. 25, he posted a career-high seven three-pointers and scored a season-best 27 points over 25 minutes in a tight loss to the Clippers. When all was said and done, Hield averaged a career-high 13.5 points per contest. He also scored in double figures in each of Sacramento's final 14 games. While Hield's shooting stroke garners most of the attention, and rightfully so, he improved in other areas as well. Hield also finished the 2017-18 campaign with career-best marks in rebounds (3.8), assists (1.9), steals (1.1) and minutes played (25.3) per game.

2016

Hield was selected by the New Orleans Pelicans with the sixth overall pick of the 2016 NBA Draft. The Oklahoma product made his debut on Opening Night, Oct. 26, by posting four points and three assists over 17 minutes in a loss to the Nuggets. On Dec. 5, injuries to Jrue Holiday and E'Twaun Moore opened the door for Hield to sieze a starting role. Hield started the next 36 games for New Orleans. During that span, he delivered 9.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.9 three-pointers over 22.9 minutes per game. On Feb. 20, Hield was traded, along with Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway and draft picks, to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi. Hield made his Kings debut three days later and tallied 16 points and six rebounds in a win over Denver. In 25 games with Sacramento, Hield's stats improved nicely. As a King, Hield generated 15.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.4 three-pointers and 0.8 steals over 29.1 minutes per contest. In the offseason, Hield was named to the 2016-17 All-Rookie First Team.

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Transaction History
  • June 23, 2016
    Drafted by the New Orleans Pelicans in the 1st round (6th pick) of the 2016 NBA Draft.
  • July 22, 2016
    Signed a multi-year rookie contract with the New Orleans Pelicans.
  • February 20, 2017
    Traded by the New Orleans Pelicans with Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, a 2017 1st round draft pick and a 2017 2nd round draft pick to the Sacramento Kings for Omri Casspi and DeMarcus Cousins.
  • October 21, 2019
    Signed a four-year contract extension with the Sacramento Kings.
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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.
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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Pulls down 11 rebounds
GSacramento Kings
May 5, 2021
Hield recorded 18 points (5-16 FG, 5-13 3Pt, 3-3 FT), 11 rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block across 38 minutes in Tuesday's win over the Thunder.
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Nails six triples in victory
GSacramento Kings
May 3, 2021
Hield amassed 27 points (9-19 FG, 6-10 3Pt, 3-4 FT), six rebounds, three assists and one block in 42 minutes during Sunday's 111-99 victory over Dallas.
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Well-rounded line in 49-point loss
GSacramento Kings
April 29, 2021
Hield had 18 points (6-12 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 3-3 FT), seven assists, five rebounds, two steals and three blocks in Wednesday's 154-105 loss to the Jazz.
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Scores 29 efficient points
GSacramento Kings
April 22, 2021
Hield finished Wednesday's 128-125 win over the Timberwolves with 29 points (11-16 FG, 7-11 3Pt), six rebounds, five assists and a blocked shot across 38 minutes.
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Solid from long range in loss
GSacramento Kings
April 16, 2021
Hield totaled 24 points (8-13 FG, 5-10 3Pt, 3-5 FT), four rebounds, two assists and a steal across 33 minutes in Thursday's 122-114 loss to the Suns.
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