When the Sacramento Kings decided to trade the NBA’s best center, Demarcus Cousin, for this year’s lottery pick Buddy Hield, everyone believed this to be a one-sided trade and that the Kings were simply tanking to keep their top-ten protected pick. Furthermore, when King’s owner Vivek Ranadive declared Buddy Hield to be the “next Steph Curry” and that he would have taken him 2nd overall, pundits and fans simply just conception that the King’s were in bad management and ownership. After years of failed free agency and several poorly selected draft picks, the Sacramento Kings now seemed more hopeless than ever without their star player. However, the Kings have said otherwise.
Ever since the trade, Buddy Hield, or Buddy Buckets, has averaged 15.1 points on 48% shooting from the field and 43% shooting from beyond the arc in only 29.1 minutes per game. The Kings have a lottery pick in this year’s draft, which is one of the deepest drafts in recent years, and several young pieces to build around as well. Perhaps this trade wasn’t as foolish as we all thought.