2016 NBA Draft: Buddy Hield scouting report
Buddy Hield 2016 NBA Draft scouting report
Buddy Hield scouting report
Buddy Hield was named the Naismith College Player of the Year after having one of the most dynamic shooting seasons in college history. He averaged a ridiculous 25.4 points per game with a 62.8 eFG percentage. The Oklahoma guard has his detractors, but his stellar work ethic bodes well for his ability to turn some of his weaknesses into strengths.
Click through the slides for Hield's strengths, weaknesses, and his fit on the Celtics.
Hield won over the hearts of the basketball world with his inspiring shooting performances down the stretch of Oklahoma’s season. He has a flamethrower jumper (46.5 percent from three) and his attitude is contagious. Hield projects as a player similar to J.J. Redick if his skills translate to the pros.
Shooting was once a weakness for Hield, but he turned it into his greatest strength. His passing was also once a major hinderance to his game, but he’s reached an average level. If he continues to improve, like he did as a shooter, then he could reach a higher than expected level on offense.
Hield regressed defensively as a senior – partially due to his role, but he wasn’t that great on that end to begin with. He has average fundamentals and loses focus on, so it’ll be tough for coaches to trust him on that end. Even if he improves, he’s only 6-foot-4 so he’ll naturally have some limitations.
At the moment, Hield is a one-dimensional player on offense. He’s improved as a passer and a ball handler, but still needs to add more creativity to effectively manufacture offense.
The Celtics need shooting; they rank 29th in three-point percentage over the last three seasons, so Hield would help there as a weapon. Brad Stevens could use him off-screens, making him a potential upgrade over Avery Bradley.
But the Celtics also heavily value two skills: defensive versatility and passing ability. Hield is lacking in both those areas. If Hield shows some improvement in pre-draft workouts, then this evaluation will change, but that remains to be seen.
Hield is unlikely to drop below the No. 6 or No. 7 pick, so the Celtics would likely have to take him at No. 3 if they want him.
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