SACRAMENTO -- Buddy Hield is having quite the season for the Sacramento Kings. He’s averaging nearly 21 points per game in his third NBA season and completely changed the conversation about who and what he is as a player.
Hield is also having a historic run as a shooter. With 11 games remaining, Hield is just three 3-pointers shy of breaking the Kings’ all-time record for 3-point makes in a season, held by the current assistant general manager, Peja Stojakovic.
“It’s a good honor to get it, but Peja, what he’s done for this franchise has been terrific, it’s been special,” Hield said.
Stojakovic drilled 240 3-pointers during to the 2003-04 season. He not only led the league in triples, but he broke Hall of Famer Mitch Richmond’s franchise mark of 225 makes, which was set in 1996.
The former player turned exec has worked as a mentor behind the scenes, helping Hield take a huge step forward in his development.
“He’s always on me and he’s always on me about how to get better, how to get my shot off quicker, how to use my pump fake,” Hield said of Stojakovic. “He’s still today doing that. A lot of my success comes from talking to him and trying to test him and pick his brain. It would be great if I can get the overall franchise record in threes made.”
Hield has 238 makes on the season. He’s averaging a shocking 3.4 makes per and is on pace to match Damian Lillard’s NBA record of 599 made 3-pointers over the first three seasons of a players career.
The 26-year-old slinger has 562 makes over his first three seasons. He needs 37 more makes to snap the record. He’s already surpassed Klay Thompson’s 545 makes to move into second place all-time for most 3-pointers in the first three seasons, although Thompson’s rookie campaign was marred by 16 missed games due to the strike-shortened season of 2011-12.
Hield will need a few more seasons to track down Stojakovic’s franchise record of 1070 career makes from behind the arc.