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24 - Buddy Hield

Oklahoma 

  • Birthday: 12/17/93
  • NBA Position: Shooting Guard
  • Class: Junior
  • Ht: 6-4
  • Wt: 215
  • Hometown: Freeport, Bahamas
  • High School: Sunrise Christian Academy
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2015
Mock:  24

NBA Comparison: Jodie Meeks

Strengths: A high volume scorer with a well rounded skillset, Hield is a good athlete with a long wingspan and powerful frame ... At 6’4.5’’ he’s a little short for his position, but sporting a 6’8.5’’ wingspan and weighing in at 214 lbs, he has other physical tools to help make up for his below average positional height ... Buddy also is a graceful athlete who is extremely fluid and can get off the ground well ... As a freshman, he showed signs he could score the ball, but his improvements as a sophomore really cemented his prowess ... Scoring 16.5 ppg as a part of a 1a 1b scoring tandem with Cameron Clark, and he’s looked comfortable as a Junior as he Sooner’s #1 option ... Hield can really stroke it, and is not afraid to take an open shot ... As a sophomore he took 7.1 3pt attempts per game, hit 90 3 pointers last season (.385%) and hit 5 or more threes in a game 7 times in 2013-14. 7 games into his Junior year, Buddy has already upped his thee point percentage to .396%. Hield is also a strong ball handler, who is capable of driving and getting his own shot at the rim ... His 62.5% FG clip at the rim in 2013-14 is good for a 6’4.5’’ player, and he’s got a quick enough first step to translate to the NBA ... Hield is a good creator for a SG, as well ... As a soph, he dished out a respectable 1.9 apg despite playing next to a pure point guard, Jordan Woodard, in Norman ... A low turnover player as well, his 1.8 TO pg is a good sign coming from a player who has the ball in his hands as much as he does ... Heild is an average defensive rebounder, as he is often out on the perimeter, but he’s good at crashing the offensive glass and getting 2nd opportunities ... Of his 4.4 rebounds per game, 1.8 were offensive which is a really nice number for a guard ... He’s a solid defender, who’s length, and strength can give opponents trouble, and while he won’t be as big comparatively in the NBA, he has the tools to hold his own and be an effective defender ...

Weaknesses: Buddy is a little short for a shooting guard, as previously mentioned, and although he’s made some major strides, especially as an overall offensive player, he’s yet to really develop his mid-range game ... In 2013-14, Hield only shot 29.6% on 2 point jumpers, and he’s yet to really maximize his driving ability ... Its no surprise when talking about such a high volume shooter, that over 50% of Buddy’s shots came in the form of 3 pointers, and although he’s a good shooter from that range, he can sometimes settle ... His junior year, he’s really lived and died by the 3 ball, which includes a 7-7, 25 point performance, and a 1-8, 5 point performance ... This tendency can render him a bit predictable, and despite being a very good scorer, he needs to expand his offensive game or he could be pigeon holed as a long range specialist ...

Overall: Buddy Hield is a great long range gunner with a strong physique and the athletic ability, length and strength to play the 2 spot in the NBA. Despite being a tad short, he made major strides between his freshman and sophomore seasons, and another jump could help his overall perception ... Already a major NCAA producer, he has some good skills that kind of took a back seat to his shooting last year, and if he were to tap into them and expand his offensive strategy, it could make a major difference ...

Notes: Measured 6’4.5’’ in shoes, with a 6’8.5’’ wingspan and 214 lbs at the 2014 Nike Skills Academy. 2nd team All-Big 12 as a sophomore in 2013-14.

Dave Ray 12/13/14

September 19, 2012

July 30, 2011

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