Is Buddy Hield the Next Stephen Curry?

Bradley Whitaker
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There was a moment during Oklahoma’s Round of 32 game against VCU where folks said, “Okay, maybe Buddy Hield isn’t that great.”

Hield went into the locker room at halftime with only seven points—a low total for the player many expect to be the best in the tournament (especially now that Denzel Valentine is out).

But great players find ways to turn things around. Hield took a page out of the Stephen Curry playbook on Sunday.

Buddy Buckets responded to the VCU doubters, dropping an additional 29 points in the second half. Apparently he was fired up after his poor first half performance.

Hield went just 2-for-8 in the first half, but dropped 9-of-12 in the second, stepping up for the Sooners when his teammates weren’t doing much. Buddy’s shooting singlehandedly dropped VCU’s late run, proving that he’s not just a sharpshooter—he’s clutch.

While it’s obviously too early to call Buddy the next Steph Curry, his college three-point shooting is actually statistically better.

Curry shot 43.9 percent from beyond the arc during his sophomore season at Davidson. Sure, Steph has come a long way since then, but that doesn’t mean Buddy can’t do the same.

While Hield’s release isn’t quite as quick as Curry’s, it’s pretty close. Buddy has a way of setting up for his shot before even receiving the ball, similar to the way Ray Allen squares up.

Check out this video someone made analyzing Hield’s shot.

What do you think? Is Buddy Hield the next Stephen Curry?

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