SACRAMENTO -- One of the keys to success in the NBA is knowing your strengths and playing to them. For a scorer like James Harden, he is given latitude to try something new, like a one-legged step-back 3-pointer.

That isn’t exactly in the cards for the Kings’ Buddy Hield.

Long after the rest of the team had left the floor following Wednesday’s practice session, Sacramento’s leading scorer was still hoisting up 3-point shots. Regular, everyday 3-pointers.

When asked if he was adding anything special to his game like Harden has, Hield was frank with his response.

“Hell no,” Hield said. “That’s not a high-percentage shot for me right now. I might take a one-leg step-back shot when I get in the paint, but not at the 3-point line.”

“Whatever James has going for him, he has going for him,” Hield added. “It’s a different light over there than here in Sacramento. I’ve got to stick to the basics.”

Hield has a “neon-green” light from coach Luke Walton. He’ll be one of the primary options for the Kings offense this season and will be asked to carry a huge part of the scoring load.


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But the Kings aren’t a one-man band. They have multiple players capable of putting up big numbers and they share the wealth around.

Hield will get plenty of opportunities to shine within the team's system. He won't need to hunt out one-legged 3-pointers, and if he does, he'll spend some time watching from the bench.