With much of the focus on DeMarcus Cousins following the blockbuster trade between the Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Pelicans last month, it allowed Buddy Hield to fly under the radar as he was heading to Northern California. However, the Kings top brass, including their owner Vivek Ranadive, were very pleased to add him to their fold as he said he believes Hield has the potential to become like Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry.
Despite the huge compliment he received, the 23-year-old Oklahoma product admitted via Grant Hughes of Bleacher Report that he still has a long way to go before being to the same level as the reigning back-to-back MVP. He added that there have been some who likened his skill set to Curry back in college, but also made it clear he just wants to be himself.
“People said [I was like] Steph Curry in college. Yeah, I guess, but I gotta develop. Steph Curry, he’s a different animal. He’s in his own world. He does whatever he wants. I can’t do the things Steph Curry does right now.”
“I’m not Steph Curry.”
“I’m Buddy Fresh, I’m Buddy Love. I’m just me. I’m just Buddy.”
Now with the Kings, Hield has a big opportunity to be the go-to-guy for an NBA team if he can find a way to unlock that potential Ranadive sees. Should he be successful in his new role and help the team win more in the future, it might just be what he needs to take his career to a higher level, and maybe even get close to what Curry has reached so far.