August 13, 2020, 5:07 pmBuddy HieldSG, Sacramento Kings
Buddy Hield spoke to the media for the first time in the Orlando bubble on Thursday and responded to a question about his role with the team by saying "you guys know me…you know how I feel, y'all can read me well."
It appears that Buddy Hield was disappointed with his role as the season drew to a close. He started for the first 44 games before Luke Walton decided to bench Hield in favor of Bogdan Bogdanović. Bogdanović is a restricted free agent and it would be surprising to see both of them return to the Kings next season. The question they have to decide is whether they would prefer to trade Hield, who is under contract for four seasons and $94M, or find a parter to do a sign-and-trade with Bogdanović. It will be an interesting offseason in Sacramento to be sure.
Source: Sean Cunningham on Twitter
August 13, 2020, 4:14 pmBogdan BogdanovicSG, Sacramento Kings
Bogdan Bogdanović led the Kings to a 136-122 victory over the Lakers on Thursday, pouring in 27 points including five 3-pointers.
Bogdanović added six rebounds, nine assists, two steals and a turnover in 26 minutes. He is a restricted free agent now that the season is over and will likely get a big contract after career-highs in points, EFG% and 3PM in 29.0 mpg. The competition at shooting guard, Buddy Hield, was also impressive with 28 points including eight trifectas. Hield added five rebounds, two assists, two steals and two turnovers in 26 minutes off the bench. It will be interesting to see what the Kings do in the offseason as they have two impressive shooting guards in Hield and Bogdanović
August 10, 2020, 6:15 pmKent BazemoreSG, Sacramento Kings
Kent Bazemore (left calf soreness) has been deemed questionable to face the Pelicans on Tuesday.
Bazemore continues to battle an ongoing calf injury and with the Kings having very little to play for, he could miss yet another game. If he remains on the sidelines, look for DaQuan Jefferies and Buddy Hield to pick up the slack.
Source: NBA Injury Report
August 9, 2020, 11:14 pmBogdan BogdanovicSG, Sacramento Kings
Bogdan Bogdanovic had a versatile stat line on Sunday against the Rockets with 13 points, five rebounds and eight assists.
Bogdanovic shot 5-of-12 from the field and added one steal and one block to the box score. Buddy Hield chipped in 16 points and three boards on 6-of-11 shooting. Bogdanovic provides top-100 potential while in the starting lineup, while Hield remains a late-round value as a points and triples specialist.
August 7, 2020, 9:11 pmBuddy HieldSG, Sacramento Kings
Buddy Hield went 3-for-10 from downtown in the Kings' loss to the Nets on Friday, finishing with 17 points (6-for-16 FG) and a rebound in 20 minutes off the bench.
Hield has been struggling for quite some time now, or at least it feels like a long stretch with the pandemic factored in. He has often found himself in coach Luke Walton's doghouse in 2019-20 and has made his frustrations known. Hield is in a bit of an awkward situation, if he wants out of Sacramento, seeing that he signed an extension just last October. Regardless of where he plays next season, however, he should continue produce in multiple fantasy categories and has shown the ability to do so off the bench, as well.
August 7, 2020, 1:29 pmKent BazemoreSG, Sacramento Kings
Kent Bazemore (left calf soreness) is officially listed as questionable for Friday's matchup against the Nets.
Bazemore is averaging nearly 21 minutes off the bench over the first four games in the Orlando bubble and has been able to quietly produce top-125 value in the small sample size. There are players with higher upsides on the wire but if you are in a pinch, Bazemore can return a bit of value as the last player on the roster in standard formats. Buddy Hield only saw 10 minutes yesterday but perhaps he will be given more opportunity if Bazemore is sidelined. Hield has shot the ball horribly, shooting .314 from the field on 12.8 attempts per game. He is due for some positive regression if he can get some time off the bench.
Source: Sean Cunningham on Twitter
August 6, 2020, 5:24 pmBuddy HieldSG, Sacramento Kings
Buddy Hield only saw 10 minutes off the bench on Thursday and barely produced anything with just one 3-pointer, one rebound and one steal.
Hield seems to be falling out of the Kings' rotation in the Orlando bubble despite some "coach speak" we heard earlier in the day. Hield and Bogdan Bogdanović are in clear competition with one another and Bogdan is the hot-hand to ride right now. Hield and the Kings will play against the Nets tomorrow but there is no guarantee that Hield will see an increase in playing time.
August 6, 2020, 11:48 amBuddy HieldSG, Sacramento Kings
Luke Walton is showing confidence in Buddy Hield as he will continue to be the focal point of the Kings' second unit amidst his shooting struggles.
In the three games since the restart, Hield is averaging 13 points on 33% shooting from the field, and 28% from deep. He has turned it over 10 times in the three losses, while averaging only 23.5 minutes per game off the bench. “With Buddy, there is going to be some wild plays, but it’s also what makes him great,” Walton said of Hield's erratic play. “In his mind, he’s not afraid of anything. So you’ve got to live with some of it.” Hield showed what he is capable of Tuesday, scoring 21 points, with five 3-pointers (on 14 attempts) in 31 minutes of game time. The Kings are currently three games back of the 8-seed and will need Buddy to step up and make a significant contribution if they have any plans of making the play-in game.
Source: James Ham for NBC Sports
August 4, 2020, 7:17 pmBuddy HieldSG, Sacramento Kings
Buddy Hield got things going on Tuesday, collecting 21 points including five 3-pointers, adding four rebounds, three assists and one steal in 31 minutes.
Hield put up his highest score since the league resumed last week which was certainly a welcome sight for those who had drafted him. His role is now that of sixth-man for the Kings and this has certainly created an issue for him in terms of consistency. With no change in sight, his overall appeal is somewhat limited but he should still be rostered in all formats.
August 2, 2020, 9:24 pmBuddy HieldSG, Sacramento Kings
Buddy Hield had another lousy night on Sunday when the Kings met the Magic, going 5-of-13 from the field for 12 points, two 3-pointers, five assists and one steal.
If Hield had hit a couple more 3-pointers (2-of-7) this box score would have been acceptable, but instead, we have a 3-point marksman shooting 3-of-15 from deep over the past two games. While Hield will inevitably improve on his, the Kings are off to an awful start, and Luke Walton has proven he will quickly go elsewhere if Hield's shot is not finding its way through the net.
August 1, 2020, 12:07 amBuddy HieldSG, Sacramento Kings
Buddy Hield had an awful night shooting the ball in the NBA's return on Friday, going just 1-for-8 from deep and finishing with six points (2-for-13 FGs) and four rebounds in 19 minutes.
Hield's shot was not there on Friday and head coach Luke Walton didn't hesitate to leave him on the bench. De'Aaron Fox stole the show on the offensive end for the Kings, dropping 39 points. Hield has at least seven more games to improve his stock heading into 2020-21 but he always finds a way to get himself into Walton's doghouse. Friday's game was not an encouraging sign for Hield, to say the least.
July 25, 2020, 4:48 pmBuddy HieldSG, Sacramento Kings
Buddy Hield led the Kings with 19 points in Saturday's 123-131 scrimmage loss to the Bucks, going 8-of-18 from the field to go with two steals, a block and three 3-pointers.
Hield's been able to put up 19 points in each of the first two scrimmages and he looks like a safe middle-round fantasy selection, even coming off the bench. The big takeaway here is that Hield looks to be fully healthy after dealing with COVID-19.
July 22, 2020, 10:30 pmBuddy HieldSG, Sacramento Kings
Buddy Hield scored a team-high 19 points (8-of-16 shooting) on Wednesday, adding five rebounds and three triples in 24 minutes.
Hield came off the bench and didn't show any signs of rust in the first scrimmage. He succeeded in his bench role before the season was suspended and will continue to be a microwave scorer off the bench who hits threes in bunches once the season resumes.
July 19, 2020, 1:50 pmBuddy HieldSG, Sacramento Kings
Buddy Hield was good for top-50/65 (8/9-cat) fantasy value in 2019-20, with declining efficiency hurting his stock.
Hield went from .458 to .429 from the field, though he was able to set a new career-high with 3.8 triples and 0.9 steals per game and only saw modest declines in scoring (down to 19.8 from 20.7). His rocky relationship with Luke Walton was the dominant storyline of his season and eventually he moved to the bench, which luckily didn't impact his production all that much. Between that turmoil and Sacramento's stylistic changes, it's hard to imagine how things could've gone worse for a player of Hield's abilities — and he still finished solidly in the middle rounds. Walton's decisions are going to have a major impact on the Kings' fantasy values going forward but this should serve as a nice baseline for Hield. If the team gets back to its run-and-gun ways, some improvement would definitely be in order.
July 17, 2020, 3:43 pmBuddy HieldSG, Sacramento Kings
Head coach Luke Walton said that Buddy Hield was a full participant at practice on Friday.
Hield had tested positive for COVID-19 back on June 24, and it is good to see he completed a full practice immediately upon joining the team's workouts. Hield has had a challenging season, and was coming off the bench when the stoppage in play began. Nonetheless, he has been productive overall with averages of 19.8 points and 3.8 3-pointers and has a real opportunity to make up for lost time when play resumes.
Source: James Ham on Twitter