Breaking down Buddy Hield’s performance against the Nets
For Buddy Hield, it was only a matter of time before he showcased his explosive ability to shoot the 3-pointer. When he was traded for DeMarcus Cousins, many Kings fans were skeptical about his offense.
In a 109-100 loss against the Brooklyn Nets at the Golden 1 Center, Hield had his most productive game for the Kings, making him the Reno Dodge Power Performer.
“All I could do is learn, keep playing and trying to get better each and every game,” Hield said after the game.
Hield is currently the sixth man for the Kings, meaning he has to come in and be an immediate spark plug. Against the Nets, he had 16 points for the night on 6-of-11 shooting and 4-of-6 from beyond the arc.
Truth be told, the Nets should’ve seen this shot coming from a mile away. As Lawson drove baseline, there was no need for Spencer Dinwiddie to go over and help. Lawson was already trapped by two bigs. Therefore, it made sense for him to kick it out to Hield for the wide-open 3-pointer.
Here is another similar play for Hield, as Collison drove baseline, Joe Harris had to come over and help, leading to an open three.
You kind of get a sense that the Nets were respecting the finishing abilities from Lawson and Collison. Both can draw so much attention while in the paint area.
Apart from his shooting, Hield’s ability to finish at the rim was also a major plus for the Kings last night. That was one of his biggest knocks as a member of the Pelicans.
If Hield could develop that portion of his game, then he certainly could be a complete player on the court. The Kings believe they have a gem in Hield, and if he continues to perform like this, they very well can be correct.
“Since he came here, it’s been crazy,” Divac told Bleacher Report. “Looking from my office, it’s been three times a day in the gym. I’m like, ‘Wow.'”
The Kings will take on the Jazz on Sunday, as they look to break a three game home losing skid.
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