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Kings’ Buddy Hield aims for the playoffs next season, says ‘it feels close’

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The Sacramento Kings surprised many teams in the NBA last season, running a high-octane offense that became one of the most exciting in the league.

Kings guard Buddy Hield recently went back to Sacramento and has already started putting in the work this offseason. The 26-year old feels like the Kings can make a legitimate run at the playoffs after falling just short in 2018-19:

“It feels close. I’m happy to be moving in the right direction.” Hield said, per Tracee Jay of Kings.com.

Sacramento finished ninth in the Western Conference with a 39-43 record. That was the Kings’ best record since the 2005-06 season, the last time they made the playoffs.

Hield had a career season in 2018-19. Despite butting heads with former coach Dave Joerger at times, he became one of the leaders of the up-and-coming Sacramento squad.

Hield averaged 20.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 2.5 assists in a healthy 82-game season, all while shooting at a 45.8 percent clip from the field and 42.7 percent from beyond the arc.

The Kings fired Joerger at the end of last season, despite leading the Kings to their best regular-season finish since that 2005-06 campaign. They immediately pounced on hiring Luke Walton as soon as the Los Angeles Lakers fired him at the end of the year.

The Kings definitely have a bright future ahead with Hield, Most Improved Player finalist De’Aaron Fox, and All-Rookie team member Marvin Bagley III as the building blocks of the franchise.

With Walton manning the sidelines, expect Sacramento to continue being one of the most exciting League Pass teams next season.