The Evolution of Buddy Hield
by: Mike Schmitz
February 18, 2016
Mike Schmitz analyzes how Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield has improved as a shot creator in the half court, specifically tracking the progression of his ball-handling, off the dribble shooting and finishing ability inside the arc.



Schmitz goes year by year in analyzing Hield's progession from his freshman to senior seasons, both in terms of his scoring proficiency, but also with his ability to get to the free throw line and put the ball in the net efficiently.

Hield has dramatically improved as an off the dribble shooter, both with his ability to create space for himself with advanced ball-handling moves, but also with his consistency making pull-up jumpers.

His range now extends to the NBA arc, he looks highly comfortable in isolation situations, and he's much improved in pick and roll situations, particularly with his ability to use change of speeds and directions.

Included is analysis from Buddy himself talking about the steps he's taken to improve as a shot-creator the way he has.

Hield settled for too many floaters his first few years in college and was mostly unsuccessful doing so. He's now getting all the way to the rim, taking contact at the basket and finishing with his off hand.

His improvement over the years has been dramatic and is something young players everywhere should study as it is in large part due to his extreme work ethic.
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Buddy Hield
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 212 lbs.
Birthday: 12/17/1993
23 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Sunrise Christian Academy
Previous Team: Kings , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #6 in 2016 Draft
by the Hornets
Positions:
Current: SG,
NBA: SG,
Possible: SG
Quick Stats:
12.5 Pts, 3.5 Rebs, 2.0 Asts