Buddy Hield: Future NBA Sixth Man of the Year

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Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield (24) looks at the score as he walks to the bench in the fourth quarter against the Boston Celtics on Sunday, March 25, 2018 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif. (Paul Kitagaki Jr./Sacramento Bee/TNS via Getty Images)

Buddy Hield showed plenty of promising after moving to the bench this season.  Today, we take a look at why he is a future award winner.

Buddy Hield has likely never been a player without pressure in his NBA career.  It started with being drafted sixth overall by the Pelicans.  Things got worse as he struggled to get consistent minutes and find his rhythm as a rookie.  Then, Hield was the centerpiece returning to the Sacramento Kings when they decided mid-season to trade perennial All-Star DeMarcus Cousins.  Pressure is nothing new to an experienced player like Hield, though, especially one that can shoot and score the basketball like him.

Hield seems to have found his place in Sacramento.  He struggled a bit early this season likely adjusting to the new cast around him.   The Kings moved him to the bench to be the sixth man, and Hield has blossomed in that role.  Being the go-to scorer in the second unit seems to fit Buddy Love perfectly.  Today, we will discuss further his move to the bench and how he compares favorably to past Sixth Man of the Year award winners.  Without further ado, let us roll right into it.

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