Buddy Hield is a professional basketball player of Bahamian descent who runs his business with the NBA team Sacramento Kings. His professional career dates back to 2016 when he was drafted by the New Orlean Pelicans. The talented player joined the Kings in February 2016 in the middle of his rookie season with the Pelicans.
Who is the NBA Player – Buddy Hield? Bio
Buddy Hield was born on December 17, 1993, as Chavano Rainier Hield in Eight Mile Rock, a coastal community in the West Grand Bahama district of the Bahamas. His mother gave him the nickname “Buddy”, after the Bud-Bundy character from the hit sitcom of the 90s, Married… with Children. He showed an exceptional talent for basketball from a very young age, and in the 8th grade, he was rated the best player in his class in the Bahamas and was also featured in The All Bahamian Brand, an international basketball magazine.
As a member of the Jack Hayward High School basketball team, Hield led the school to win the Providence Holiday Basketball Classic and the Grand Bahamas High School Championships, an achievement that earned him the All Bahamian Brand All Bahamian Selection.
He was then recruited by coach Kyle Lindsted for the Sunrise Christian Academy in Wichita, Kansas, where he spent the last 2 years of his high school career. He led the school to win the National Championship of the National Association of Christian Athletes 2011 in his junior year and was named MVP of the tournament. He was the starting point for several college recruiters when he was in high school. For his college basketball career, he eventually chose the University of Oklahoma.
Buddy Hields’ college career with the Oklahoma Sooners men’s basketball team was exceptional from the beginning. In his first season, he scored 7.8 points per game, a performance that earned him the team’s Most Inspirational Award.
His goal average rose to 16.5 points and 4.4 rebounds per game as a sophomore, earning him the second All-Big 12 selection. The talented youngster also received an All-Big 12 first-team selection and was named Big 12 Conference Men’s Basketballer of the Year in his junior season, where he averaged 17.4 points and 5.4 rebounds.
Hield returned to his senior season, although he had good prospects of being selected in the 2015 NBA selection. With 25.0 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game he beat all his records of the previous season and ended his career with highs of 25.0 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game. He was named “Big 12 Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Year” for the second time and also won the John R. Wooden Award for the most outstanding college basketball player of the men.
Buddy Hield NBA Career
Buddy Hield was selected by the New Orleans Pelicans as the 6th overall selection for the 2016 NBA Draft. He played 5 games with the team in the 2016 Summer League and achieved an average of 16.8 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per game. He started 37 out of 57 appearances with the Pelicans in the regular 2016-17 NBA season with an average of 8.6 points and 2.9 assists per game.
In mid-season in February 2017, however, he was transferred to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi, along with Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, and the 2017 first and second-round draft picks. The talented player fitted in smoothly when he finished the rest of the season with a career-high of 15.1 points and 4.2 rebounds per game and was eventually appointed to the NBA All-Rookie First Team.
The 2017-18 season was Hield’s first full season with the Sacramento Kings, and he had 13 starts on a total of 80 missions and ended the season with an average of 13.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game.
Parents and Siblings
The parents of Buddy Hield are Jackie Swann and Vincent Hield. As the fifth of his mother’s seven children, he grew up in a large household with three sisters and three brothers. Growing up wasn’t exactly rosy for the NBA star, as his family went through some really tough times. After his parents divorced when he was 11 years old, Hield, his mother, and his siblings all moved into his grandmother’s apartment, where all 8 of them had to make do with just one room. His mother worked in several jobs to meet the needs of the family. She remarried a man named Richard Bryanen, who became the stepfather and role model her talented son needed.
Buddy Hield Height, Weight, and Other Body Measurements
Buddy Hield is 193 cm (6 feet 4 inches) tall. He has a bodyweight of 97 kg (214 lbs. This talented player, who is best known for his ability to score goals, also shows quite a decent defensive ability.