WHAT: Nets, the hottest team in the NBA, play host to a young Kings team that’s making some noise of its own.
WHERE: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
WHEN: 3:30 p.m. EST
HOW: YES, NBCSCA; NBA League Pass
THE STORY: Game Preview
Sacramento has a great young point guard of their own in De’Aaron Fox, who is breaking out this year to the tune of 17.6 points and 7.3 assists per game with 1.8 steals and 46% shooting from the floor. He might be the fastest player in the league with the ball in his hands, and he creates shots for his teammates running downhill towards the basket at lightning speed, collapsing the opposing defense. Around him are perimeter shooters Buddy Hield, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Nemanja Bjelica, Iman Shumpert, and Justin Jackson, all of whom make over one three per game on average.
If De’Aaron Fox is their D’Angelo Russell comparison, then Buddy Hield can be their Caris LeVert. A little older because he stayed in college, Hield took a minute to develop first with the Pelicans and then with the Kings after he came over in the Boogie trade. This season he seems to have figured it out which isn’t very surprising considering his skill set always seemed like it would translate to the NBA. Plus, he just seems to be a hardworking kid. Talent and hardwork are a dangerous combination, just ask Sean Marks or Kenny Atkinson who have built their team on that combination.
Hield is putting up 20.5 points per game while shooting a really great 45% from three which is good for 4th in the league, just one spot behind Joe Harris. He gets a ton of space to shoot in their offense and has the green light to let it fly, he takes 7.4 threes per game.
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