Indiana Pacers’ Buddy Hield has been in the NBA for six seasons now, but few basketball fans know his name.
This is mainly because he played for some lower quality teams including the New Orleans Pelicans, Sacramento Kings and now the Pacers.
Despite his affiliations, it cannot be ignored that Hield is a special young talent.
— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) March 29, 2022
That fact became even more evident the other night when Hield passed Brent Barry to move up to 50th on the NBA’s all-time three-pointer list.
Hield has landed 1,397 threes since entering the league and made a name for himself as a sneaky perimeter shooter.
He is definitely making a name for himself.
Hield the hero
Right now, Hield is averaging 15.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game.
However, this is not enough to carry his Pacers, who are still struggling.
It was a chaotic and transformative season for the team and they finished the year in 13th place in the East with a 25-51 record.
So their hopes of making the playoffs this year are dashed, but that doesn’t mean next year is a lost cause.
In fact, the Pacers have taken steps to position themselves as a contender next year.
Acquiring Hield from the Kings was just one of those moves.
But there is still work to be done with the Pacers and getting out of the hole they dug will be difficult.
If they are going to do it, it will be thanks to the help of Hield and others.
As great as the player is, he can still improve.
He’s shooting 36.8% from the three-point line this year, which is actually a bit down from his number last year.
And that’s even lower than his career high of 43.1% from a few seasons ago.
Will he come back to this level?
If he does, the Pacers could really bounce back.