Buddy Hield is exactly where he should be -- in Chicago at NBA All-Star Weekend with the greatest shooters the league.
The Kings sharpshooter is on a tear over his last 10 games, and he'll participate in Saturday night's 3-Point Contest for the second straight year. Hield is shooting 49 percent from behind the arc while averaging 22.1 points per game, and he became the fastest player in NBA history to make 800 3-pointers.
Hield is braving the freezing temperatures of the Windy City, with a Kings camera crew following his every move.
Hield dropped 26 points in the first round a year ago, but he couldn’t keep it up and finished the finals with 19 points. Brooklyn Nets wing Joe Harris came away with the trophy after scoring 26 points in the final round, beating out Hield and Steph Curry.
That previous experience is a plus for Hield. He knows what to expect and how to manage his emotions during a crazy minute of action.
“Just try to relax and calm your nerves and calm your mind and breath while you’re shooting,” Hield told reporters in Chicago on Saturday. “Don’t worry about the ones you miss, just the ones you make and don't overreact to the fans going oohs and ahhs.”
Hield will compete against a talented field of shooters, including Harris, Davis Bertans, Devin Booker, Devonte' Graham, Zach Lavine, Duncan Robinson and Trae Young.
Young, like Hield, played at the University of Oklahoma under coach Lon Kruger. The pair have known each other for a long time.
“Trae’s a special talent,” Hield said. “I watched him as a little boy coming in the gym, him and his dad just watching our practices. Now he’s up here just changing the game. The way he plays, he’s just a crowd favorite.”
Hield arrived in Chicago on Friday, and already has gotten up shots in preparation for the competition.
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Harris again is favored to win the competition, but oddsmakers seem to be sleeping on Buddy Buckets, whom DraftKings predicted to finish sixth (h/t Vegas Insider).
Joe Harris +450 (Bet $100 to win $450)
Duncan Robinson +500
Trae Young +500
Devin Booker +500
Davis Bertans +550
Buddy Hield +700
Zach LaVine +1000
Devonte' Graham +1200