According to newly acquired Kings point guard George Hill, Buddy Hield is a rebounding machine in practice. He chases down every loose ball prompting Hill to say “Let somebody else get some shots.” That level of determination could not have come at a better time with 30.1 seconds remaining and Sacramento nursing just a 3-point lead, Hield would secure his only offensive rebound of the game which would ultimately lead to Hill sinking a jumper to put the nail in the coffin for Sacramento. If we needed to remind everyone, Buddy Hield was always a rebounding machine, having averaged 5.5 rebounds per game in his final year in college. Since joining Sacramento, Hield has improved in rebounding, increasing from 2.9 per game with New Orleans to 4.12 in just 25 games last season with Sacramento. If the first two games of the season are an early indication, Hield will definitely improve on his rebounding average yet again.
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It was unfortunate that the Kings were without the services of Zach Randolph for the season opening 105-100 loss to the Houston Rockets, because his veteran leadership and fearless playing style were key in the final 2 minutes against the Mavericks as the Kings relied on him for key baskets. In 16 seasons in the NBA, Randolph has a career of game winners and finished tied with Buddy Hield as the Kings’ second leading scorer with a stat line (13 pts/6 rebs/3 asts) which proves his value to this young Kings team. Last season, the Kings were consistently out rebounded but tonight would be a huge difference as Sacramento won the rebound battle 63-41 led by Willie Cauley-Stein with 11. More importantly, they won where it matters, offensive rebounding with a remarkable 16-7 advantage over the Mavs leading to second chance points for Sacramento.
The changes to both the Kings’ 2017 starting lineup and roster provide more balance and consistency. Veteran additions of George Hill (PG), Zach Randolph (PF), Vince Carter (G/F) have immediately made an impact as George Hill led all Kings players with 21 points while Vince Carter had 6 points including two key 3-pointers off the bench. The rookie sensation De’Aaron Fox is proving to be the steal of the NBA Draft and will develop into a floor general under the mentorship of Hill. Fox had an amazing 10 assists off the bench to go along with 9 points, 6 rebounds and a steal. As for the Dallas Mavericks, it was all Harrison Barnes who led all players with 24 points including 16 in the fourth quarter.
Key Statistics: The Kings’ bench were outscored 38-34 by the Mavericks. In this game, the Kings committed 15 turnovers which resulted in 14 points off turnovers. The Kings won the rebounding advantage by 22 rebounds. Sacramento shot 37 of 87 (42.5%) from the field and 10 of 23 (43.5%) from three-point range. Meanwhile, the Mavericks shot just 31 of 75 (41.3%) from the field and connected on 11 of 33 (33.3%) from distance. Up next, the Kings head to play the Denver Nuggets on the road on Saturday night at 9pm EST. Be sure to check out the video clip below and share these Buddy Hield Highlights to fellow Buddy Hield Fans in your social network!
Buddy Hield Highlights below:
Buddy Hits a Jumper – Quarter #2
Buddy drains a 3-point shot – Quarter #3
Buddy hits unbelievable shot falling – Quarter #3
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