Hield in battle for starting role

Hield in battle for starting role
Buddy Hield.

With the start of the National Basketball Association (NBA) regular season less than a month away, there’s still been no word as yet as to whether or not Chavanno “Buddy” Hield will move into a starting role.

As it stands right now, Hield will most likely be competing against Serbian guard Bogdan Bagdonovic for the starting spot.

At the Kings’ media day this week, Hield said regardless if he gets the nod or not, he’s solely focused on the team winning games.

“I have a great deal of respect for Bogdan, the same way he respects me. So if I win the job he can’t hate, and if he wins it I can’t hate, it’s just a part of the game,” Hield said.

Hield finished last season as the Kings second-leading scorer averaging 13.5 points. He also added 3.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.06 steals in 25.3 minutes per game. He started in just 13 of his 80 appearances in his second season.

The 6’4” guard said he plans to show an improved, more refined game in his third season. He’s also looking to get others involved with his playmaking and passing, two areas his dedicated the summer to enhancing.

“Just passing, working with ball screens and passing crosscourt off the ball screens with either hand, left or right, that’s my biggest improvement something I’ve been working on. When the opportunity presents itself, I’ll show you everything I’ve been working on,” he said.

“I’ve been in the weight room, I just work on the right things. I’ve just been working on being cut and more fit. I’ve been working on my plyometrics, lifting, running and just working on things to be more fit.”