Here’s our predicted top 4 rookies who will fight for the ROY award.
1. Ben Simmons of 76ers:
Projected stats: 17 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists per game.
2. Brandon Ingram of Lakers:
Projected stats: 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists per game.
3. Buddy Hield of Pelicans:
Projected stats: 18 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists per game.
4. Denzel Valentine of Bulls:
Projected stats: 11 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists per game.
Wild cards: Thon Maker, Kris Dunn, Dragan Bender and Jamal Murray.
Buddy Hield is in the same mold as a Brandoy Roy kinda guy because he happens to be a senior as well and he is the main reason why Oklahoma Sooners are #1 or #2. Hield is a dynamic scorer who strokes it beyond the arc like no one is guarding him and can also razzle dazzle inside to get the 2 points. He is also good in absorbing contact and still getting the shot. Just check out this review courtesy of The Rewind from youtube
The Weakness of Hield is his defense something that may worry other teams but J.J Redick and Kyle Korver learned over how to play decent defense over the years so I wont be surprised if he pans out the same.
Wing Span: 6’8 1/2
#2 Scorer in all of college with 25.6 PPG
5.5 Rebounds per game
1.4 Steals per game
and he is shooting 51% From 3 point distance. WHAT 51% from 3’s he shot 182 and made 93. This guy has improved his shooting stroke from 3 from 35.9 last year. The question is how would he fare against premium NBA defenders? We will only find that out but if guys like Redick and Korver able to play and be good I wont be surprised if he can be better. I see Hield as an aggressive version of Bradley Beal from Wizards but less on defense. I won’t be surprised if Bucks or New Orleans Pelicans would jump at getting him regardless of the # pick.
Here is the best scoring game by Hield he did this against Kansas Jay hawks. Although they lost the game he was amazing 46 points with 8 3’s and also 3 OT’s.
March Madness is just around the corner if Hield continues to drive his team to at least elite 8, he would certainly climb up the ranks as I have no doubt in mind he would come in handy for any of the teams that would pick him.