Examining the fit between Buddy Hield and the Dallas Mavericks
Hield is coming off a bit of a down year where he still managed to average 19.2 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 0.9 steals in 30.8 minutes per game. The 6’4 wing was significantly more efficient during the 2018-2019 season and scored over 20 points per game.
Hield is one of the best 3-point shooters in the NBA. He has connected on 41.1 percent of his 2,126 career attempts. Those numbers only climb on catch and shoot tries where the 27-year-old has hit 44.7 percent of his 1,232 career attempts, according to NBA Stats. Mavs fans know that Luka Doncic gets teammates open beyond the 3-point line and finds them for easy scores. Hield may even be able to improve those shooting percentages in Dallas.
Buddy Love is more than just a sharpshooter. He can put the ball on the floor and attack. Here is the Kings’ wing hitting a nice floater after taking Luka off the dribble in his Feb. meeting against the Mavs.https://videos.nba.com/nba/pbp/media/2020/02/12/0021900814/513/4cecd5de-6d89-7f52-4019-6429c051cd79_1280x720.mp4
Hield would give Dallas another dynamic offensive weapon, but he struggles on the defensive end of the floor. He ranked 213th of 250 qualified players in FiveThirtyEight’s defensive RAPTOR this season. The Mavericks need to improve their D to jump into title contention, and Hield would not help that cause.
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