Kings takeaways: What we learned in 112-102 win over Pistons


Kings takeaways: What we learned in 112-102 win over Pistons


SACRAMENTO -- No letdown.

Playing against a struggling Detroit Pistons team Thursday night at Golden 1 Center, the Kings built a big lead early and never let off the gas.

The Kings pushed the tempo and pounded the Pistons on the glass, taking a 17-point lead into halftime and then coasting home for a 112-102 win.

De’Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield provided the scoring punch, and Willie Cauley-Stein put up a dominant performance against Pistons All-Star center Andre Drummond.

Here are three immediate takeaways as the Kings moved back to .500 at 21-21 on the season, two nights after a bad loss in Phoenix.

Cauley-Stein comes up big vs. Drummond

Cauley-Stein has struggled against big, physical centers this season, but Drummond, the league's best rebounder, was no match for him.

The Kings' 7-footer posted an early double-double before sitting with four fouls. He finished the night with 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting to go with 14 rebounds, five assists and two blocks.

Cauley-Stein was active, aggressive and engaged from start to finish. He also helped hold Drummond in check.

The Pistons star scored 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for his own double-double, but he turned the ball over seven times and did a lot of his damage late in the game with Cauley-Stein on the bench.

The backcourt is back

De'Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield had a night to forget in Phoenix. The Kings' starting backcourt combined for 13 of the team's 26 turnovers in the loss to the Suns.

The duo got a little redemption against the Pistons. Fox scored 12 points, dished out six assists and grabbed five rebounds, and Hield knocked down 8 of 13 from the field to lead the Kings with 18 points.

Giles shows up

Harry Giles continues to shows flashes of brilliance for Sacramento. Undersized but not overmatched against Drummond, the rookie out of Duke went to work. He battled in the post, set monster screens to free his guards and used his passing skills to get his teammates easy looks.

Despite the size disadvantage, Giles managed to post 14 points, four rebounds, three assists, three blocks and two steals in the win.

Kings' Buddy Hield shares surprising origin story about his nickname

Kings' Buddy Hield shares surprising origin story about his nickname

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.

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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.

De'Aaron Fox roasts Fran Fraschilla over Zion Williamson, Duke tweet

De'Aaron Fox roasts Fran Fraschilla over Zion Williamson, Duke tweet

De'Aaron Fox isn't here for Fran Fraschilla's college basketball takes.

After Zion Williamson thanked the program in a video announcing his intention to declare for the 2019 NBA Draft, Fraschilla sent out a tweet noting how much he believed playing for Duke helped the phenom build his brand and profile.

Well, Fox didn't agree with the notion that Duke had a lot to do with boosting Zion's worth, and he threw some shade at Fraschilla in a NSFW tweet.

In fairness, both sides have a point to make.

A year ago, Williamson was a YouTube dunking sensation, but questions about his overall skill level remained. But during his lone season in the spotlight at Duke, Williamson showed he was more than just a highlight-reel dunker, and has all the skills necessary to be the No. 1 overall pick.

However, Williamson should've had the ability to go straight to the NBA out of high school if he wanted. He still would have been a top-10 pick, and a lucrative shoe contract would have followed shortly after his name was called by NBA commissioner Adam Silver.

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We'll give the win to Swipa.