Kings’ Buddy Hield complains about lack of catch-and-shoot opportunities
The 2016 6th overall pick recently complained about how he doesn’t get enough catch-and-shoot looks in Sacramento’s offense, per Jason Jones of The Athletic.
Buddy Hield: "I’m not getting catch-and-shoot ones. I can’t remember the last time I got a good catch-and-shoot one where I can take my time and shoot it."
— Jason Jones (@mr_jasonjones) December 24, 2019
Hield has had a rough patch shooting the ball especially over their last three games. Over this most recent stretch, he is averaging just 8.3 points while shooting just 20.0 percent of his shots overall and an abysmal 14.3 percent from three-point distance. All of these have resulted in Kings losses.
The Bahamian-born guard is actually converting a career-best 3.7 threes per game this season. On the flip side, however, he is also shooting at a career-low 35.8 percent clip on nearly 11 attempts from beyond the arc.
Per NBA.com, Hield just gets 31.9 percent of catch-and-shoot looks from his shots overall, while 48.1 percent are from pull-ups. Moreover, 53 percent of Hield’s three-point shots come off catch-and-shoot situations, whereas around 46 percent come from pull-ups.
Hield’s percentages would definitely be better if he gets more assisted opportunities in Sacramento’s offense. He converts over 38 percent of his catch-and-shoot triples, while he makes just 33.1 percent of his pull-up threes.
It’s clear that for a deadly sniper like Hield, a catch-and-shoot triple is the most effective way for him put up points on the board.
Some would argue that it’s the coach’s job to give him those looks within their offense. However, Hield’s pundits would perhaps say that he needs to find more ways to score given that defense would likely game plan to take away his most effective offensive weapon.