Hield praises Fox’s growth, reveals what he misses about Kings


While De’Aaron Fox finally seems to be getting the recognition he deserves, those close to him know it’s been long overdue. 

That includes his former teammate and Indiana Pacers guard Buddy Hield, who was like a proud big brother while speaking about Fox’s growth in the league

“I’m happy for Fox, man,” Hield told reporters Friday at NBA All-Star weekend in Salt Lake City. “He works so hard and the way he’s grown as a leader, and watching him in the late-game situations is amazing -- nobody can guard him. 

“He’s the fastest player in the league and him just getting to the elbow and getting to his spots, and just making the right play, he’s shown tremendous jump.” 

Hield and Fox spent five seasons together in Sacramento, comprising one of the NBA’s most fun and young backcourt duos at the time. They brought the best out of one another and made each other’s jobs significantly easier.

But the excitement of the young backcourt duo couldn’t translate to direct success for the Kings, resulting in Hield being traded to Indiana last season, along with Tyrese Haliburton and Tristan Thompson.

While the trade completely rocked Sacramento initially, the move seems to have worked out for all involved. 

Fox is having one of the best seasons in his career, averaging 24.8 points on 50.7 percent shooting, 4.3 rebounds and 6.2 assists in 52 games so far this season. He’s a clear frontrunner for the new NBA Clutch Player of the Year Award and just became an All-Star for the first time in his career. 


Even more impressive, though, is he’s leading his team, who currently sits in third place in the loaded Western Conference, in the right direction to snapping their 16-year playoff drought.

Meanwhile, Hield has been doing his thing with the Pacers, too, this 2022-23 NBA season. The 30-year-old is averaging 17.5 points on 45.3 percent shooting from the field and 42.6 percent from downtown, along with 4.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists.

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He’s thriving in a new city with a new team, but he did reveal one thing he misses about the 916. 

“Just going to games and the fanbase, the fan base is one of the best fan bases in the league,” Hield said. 

A lot has changed since Hield left Sactown, including the introduction of the Beam, something he is a fan of. 

“It’s a great slogan,” he said. “‘Light the beam!’ I think it’s cool.” 

There won’t be any beam lighting this weekend, but the two will ignite their friendship in Utah as All-Star weekend continues.