Kings’ Buddy Hield sets incredible 3-point record not even Stephen Curry was able to do
Buddy Hield has clearly made a name for himself as one of the best pure shooters in today’s NBA. The Sacramento Kings sharpshooter knocked down eight threes on Sunday against the Charlotte Hornets to set an incredible shooting feat not even Stephen Curry (or Klay Thompson for that matter) of the Golden State Warriors was able to accomplish.
According to NBA on ESPN, the 28-year-old became the fastest player in NBA history to knock down 1,000 threes. It took Hield just 350 games and now, thanks to his eight threes against the Hornets, sits at 1,001 threes after his 350th NBA game.
Buddy Hield becomes the fastest player in NBA history to hit 1,000 threes (350 games). pic.twitter.com/ihbgfn0lb2
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) March 1, 2021
For the season, Hield is shooting at a 36.9% clip from deep which, believe it or not, is his worst shooting percentage from outside the arc. That stat alone speaks volumes on how good of a shooter Buddy is.
Sadly for Buddy and Kings fans, his historic shooting performance came at a loss as Malik Monk knocked down a clutch go-ahead bucket to give the Hornets the one-point win.
— NBA (@NBA) March 1, 2021
Hield tweaked his ankle late in the game which forced head coach Luke Walton to sit him out. The Bahamas native though asked to be sent back to the game in the last few plays to help the Kings put the Hornets at bay. Hield limped his way back and had a chance to give the Kings a three-point lead in their last possession but missed a crucial free throw. He then tried to make up for this with a last-second heave from half which was short by just a few inches. His last-second shot could’ve been Hield’s ninth three of the night and would’ve given Sacramento the W.
Nevertheless, Hield should have his head held high after a monumental evening in his career.