Buddy Hield and De’Aaron Fox have the Sacramento Kings in the fight for the 8th spot in the West, their biggest competition being the Lakers. Buddy’s absolutely certain the Kings are making it this year.
Buddy Hield is having an impressive year in Sacramento, and he has the Kings on the verge of making the playoffs for the first time in years. The 26 year old guard is having a breakout year, averaging 20.5 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game on 47%/44%/86% shooting.
When he was at Oklahoma, it was clear Buddy could score, but scouts were skeptical because he was an old senior. Hield has been nothing but impressive this season, and the Kings are currently sitting in 9th place in the West with a winning 30-28 record following their loss to Golden State. Buddy tallied 19 points in the 2 point loss while Curry and Durant combined for 64.
Sitting a spot above them in the standings are the Clippers, but they traded away their best player and likely won’t keep their standing. Hot on their tail are the Lakers, now an even 29-29 following their victory against Houston. Lebron’s decided to turn up the intensity, as the playoffs are looming and his team’s standing is dire.
It’s clear it’ll be a tight race for 8th place. Buddy Hield isn’t scared at all, though. In fact, Buddy is so confident the Kings will make the playoffs, he’d bet his house on it. Then again, he makes more than enough to buy another house, but still, that’s confidence.
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Buddy isn’t the only Kings player doing work this season. 2nd year point guard, De’Aaron Fox is having a much-improved season from last year, putting up 17.2 points, 3.7 rebounds, 7.2 assists, and 1.7 steals a game on 46%/37%/72% shooting.
This is a big jump from last year, when he only was scoring around 11.6 points, 4.4 assists on 41% shooting from the field and 30% from three. Fox is definitely a most improved player candidate, and his play is definitely leading to wins.
The Kings also made a significant trade in acquiring forward Harrison Barnes from the Mavericks. Harrison has only played in four games for the Kings, averaging only 13.3 points on 37% shooting from the field and 28% from three.
Prior to the trade he was still having a difficult year, playing in 49 games for the Mavericks and scoring 17.7 points on 40% shooting from the field and 39% from three. Sacramento is only 2-2 in the four games, but this is a small sample size and the team needs some time to gel.
Barnes seemed to struggle in Dallas with the arrival of rookie sensation, Luka Doncic. He didn’t have the ball in his hands as much as he needed, and his production and motivation dipped. A trade to the playoff-pushing Kings is exactly what Barnes needs to become re-energized.
It’s hard to say whether or not the Kings will actually play past the middle of April, but Buddy Hield has no doubt they will. On paper, they have everything they need to make it in, but oftentimes things don’t work out properly. For now the biggest question mark lies with their newly acquired forward Barnes, but until then you can rely on Hield and Fox to keep things interesting.
And don’t forget to keep an eye on that guy on the Lakers that’s kind of a top 2 player of all time. He’s kind of good, and he’s hungry to make the playoffs. Sacramento has their first legitimate bid at the playoffs in over a decade, wouldn’t it just be fitting for Lebron to deny yet another franchise? Or not, because I think we all know who’s winning the West, and the Finals.