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Buddy Hield was the 6th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. He spent one and a half seasons with the New Orleans Pelicans before being traded to the Sacramento Kings for All-Star Center Demarcus Cousins. Many thought the Kings didn’t receive enough quality in return for Cousins acquiring Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, and a pair of 2017 first and second-round picks. In 25 appearances with the Kings in his rookie season, Hield averaged 15.1 PPG, along with 4.2 RPG and 1.8 AST, shooting 48% from the field and 42% from three. Pretty promising numbers from the rookie. In Hield’s second season with the Kings Hield regressed in scoring (13.5 PPG) and rebounds (3.8 per game). This season is a different story for the talented shooting guard. Hield is averaging career-highs with 18.7 PPG, 5.6 RPG, and 2.7 AST, shooting 47% from the field and 42% from beyond the arc. Hield is proving that the Kings trading for him, wasn’t a mistake. Pelicans, on the other hand, lost Cousins in free agency to the Warriors. Safe to say the Kings won this trade. Hield is continuing to show promise and potential of being an All-Star shooting guard. After playing the role of the sixth man his first full season in Sacramento, he’s become a full-time starter. Through 14 games, Hield has helped the young and talented Sacramento Kings to an 8-6 record, sitting at 8th in the Western Conference standings. With hopes of a playoff birth in the near future, Hield and the Kings look to keep things rolling. Hield is on a tear and doesn’t appear to be slowing down any time soon. He’s put the NBA on notice and will continue to do so.