The Sixth Man?

Sacramento Kings v Boston Celtics - 11-1-2017 - Sixth Man

The sixth man in basketball is one of the most critical roles on a professional basketball team.  A player who is not a starter but comes off the bench much more often than regular reserves, but often being the first player to be substituted in and plays minutes equal to or exceeding some of the starters with producing similar statistics.  In last night’s game against the Boston Celtics, Buddy Hield was that player.


Is Buddy the Sixth Man type?

There have been many great Sixth Man players in the NBA including James Harden, Eric Gordon, J.R. Smith who all played the role as Sixth Man before becoming permanent additions to starting lineups.  For the first time this season, Buddy Hield did not start but checked in with 4:17 remaining in the first quarter.  Immediately, he contributed in 4 minutes of first quarter play, Buddy had a rebound, an assist and a steal.  Sacramento Kings head coach Dave Joerger has attempted several lineup changes in an effort to strike a balance with the young team.  According to CBS Sports, it was unclear the reasoning for the change or exactly how long it would last.  Despite Hield’s recent struggles, he stepped up to have a brilliant game off the bench while logging more minutes that his replacement, veteran Garrett Temple who finished with just 2 points in 20 minutes.   Meanwhile, Hield led all Kings players in both scoring and rebounding finishing with 17 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists and more importantly 3 steals.  Hield’s defense has improved this season and has turned into offensive opportunities for him.  This game was similar to another outstanding defensive showing against the @Phoenix Suns where he had a Night of Steals recording 5 in that showdown earlier this season.

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The lineup adjustments improved the flow of the game for the Kings who was able to finish down just 27-24 after one quarter to the Boston Celtics.  Unfortunately, they were unable to sustain their production allowing the Celtics to build a 31 point lead late in the 3rd quarter and go on to win 113 – 86 at home in TD Gardens arena in Boston, Massachusetts.  Understandably, the Kings’ roster is young and promise with a rebuild phase which requires patience.  There are indeed some positive tangibles including the consistent play of rookie De’Aaron Fox who finished with just 6 points offensively but had 3 rebounds, 6 assists and a steal off the bench.  It is unsure whether Hield will continue to play in this role as Sixth Man or whether he is better in the starting lineup but one thing is certain is that Hield continues to give his all in every game.  As for the Celtics, it was an impressive showing with Kyrie Irving and Jaylen Brown both leading the way with 22 points each while rookie Jayson Tatum had 12 points.

Key Statistics:  The difference once again in this tough loss was the rebound statistics where Boston out rebounded the Kings 59 – 34.  Both teams shot the ball fairly well as Sacramento shot 35 of 81 (43.2%) from the field and 6 of 20 (30%) from three-point range.  Meanwhile, the Celtics shot 40 of 82 (48.8%) from the field and connected on 17 of 41 (41.5%) from distance. Up next, the Kings are back in Action on Saturday on the road to play the Detroit Pistons.  Game time is 7:00pm EST. Be sure to check out the video clips below and share these Buddy Hield Highlights to fellow Buddy Hield Fans in your social network!

Buddy Hield Highlights below:

Buddy dishes assist to Fox for And1 – Quarter #2

Buddy on the fast break for the And1 – Quarter #4

Buddy with the sweet finger roll – Quarter #4

Buddy drains a 3 pointer – Quarter #4

Buddy penetrates with a layup – Quarter #4

Media Credit:  NBA.com

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