Buddy Buckets. Buddy Fresh. Buddy Love. Just plain Buddy.
Buddy Hield has a clever name that goes with anything, and it matches his giant smile and flare for the dramatic.
But not everyone knows that Buddy isn’t the Kings' sharpshooter's real first name. Born Chavano Rainer Hield, the fourth-year guard has been known by "Buddy" since he was an infant.
The story of where he landed that nickname is funny, to say the least.
“Buddy, good question,” Hield answered on the Road Trippin’ Kings podcast with Doug Christie and De’Aaron Fox. “So, there’s a show called 'Married with Children...'”
Wait, pump the brakes. This can’t be going where I think it’s going.
“The character’s name was Bud Bundy and he was red and I was a red baby, so my mom’s neighbor, my cousin Carol, she was like, ‘Doesn’t he look like Bud?’,” Hield said.
Yes, the Buddy Hield origin story starts with "Married with Children" and Bud Bundy?
According to the former Oklahoma Sooner guard, there was a drug dealer in his neighborhood in the Bahamas named Bud who had just been ‘shot up,’ so the family added an extra "d" and a "y" and he’s been known as Buddy ever since.
While his mother still calls him Chavano when she gets upset with him, the name Buddy has stuck with him since he was two months old.
Buddy's nickname clearly has a more unique origin story than Fox’s ‘Swipa the Fox’ moniker, which comes from the cartoon "Dora the Explorer."
Somewhere out there, actor David Faustino is about to have a new favorite NBA player.
Listen to Fox, Christie and Hield on Road Trippin' in the player below, and subscribe here.