The Buddy Hield Rookie of The Month award presented by KIA celebrates outstanding performances by young upcoming rookies in the National Basketball Association. Today, KIA announced that the Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid and the New Orleans Pelicans’ Buddy Hield were named the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month for games played in the month of December.
Hield, the 6’4 highly celebrated 6th draft pick for the Pelicans was a college standout at Oklahoma winning numerous awards while finishing with an average of 25+ points and 5+ rebounds. After a slow start, Hield silenced critics with consistent growth and scoring to lead all West rookies with a 10.6 ppg average. Even more astonishing is the fact that Buddy Hield has topped all first-year players in three-pointers made hitting 33 shots. So in the month of December, Buddy has hit more three-pointers than his previous two months in the NBA.
Let’s be honest, Buddy Hield was simply brilliant in December scoring in double digits in 9 of 16 games and finishing strong scoring 12 or more points in each of the final three games of December which helped the Pelicans finish 3-0 prior to their matchup against the Cleveland Cavaliers where Buddy Hield finished with 20 points and 4 three-pointers in a close game. Buddy celebrated his highest scoring on December 15th against the Indiana Pacers setting career highs with 21 points and five three-pointers in a huge 102-95 victory.
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Top December Performances by Buddy Hield
Dec. 28 vs. LA Clippers: Finished with 17 points, six rebounds and two steals in a 102-98 victory against the Clippers.
Dec. 26 vs. Dallas: 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field in a 111-104 victory over the Mavericks.
Dec. 15 vs. Indiana: 21 points, four rebounds in a 102-95 win against the Pacers.
Other rookie nominees for the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month include Brooklyn’s Isaiah Whitehead, Dallas’ Dorian Finney-Smith, Denver’s Jamal Murray, Memphis’ Andrew Harrison, Milwaukee’s Malcolm Brogdon, Philadelphia’s Dario Saric and Phoenix’s Marquese Chriss.
Congratulations once again to the Pelicans for the Buddy Hield Rookie of The Month KIA December 2016.