HartfordWhalers wrote:RipPizzaGuy wrote:Pelon chingon wrote:Your implying the kings should be looking to dump Buddy for Salary relief? Because that's a no Buddy has his flaws but he can hit big shots late in games period.
Last night was a great example of why Buddy is valuable. On a good team with a competent head coach, the kid would do awesome. Yesterday the Kings played like a good team, and Buddy made some huge plays and was a big part of that win. The OP doesn't reflect his value, but there is certainly no incentive for the Kings to pay to move him or accept worse incoming players.
Hields' great game has now boosted his TS% to (just under) 51%. I hate the small samples, and think the whole season is too small to talk much about. But surely the whole season has more meaning than just taking the one game where Hield hit 55% from 3 and talking it up, right? I don't think there is confusion as to who Hield is as a player, now as a 28 year old, and one game doesn't show a side that hasn't consistently been there before, at least to me.
I mean. I like to look at 2018/2019 and then compare to 2019/2020. I'm not a Joerger fan, but he certainly kept Buddy in check far better than Walton did. Not to mention last year we dealt with an insane amount of injuries.
2018/2019 he was 21ppg, 43% from 3, 59% TS. He was always a negative on defense, but his offensive output certainly outweighed that.
Last year he seemed to take a step back. Turnover % up, shooting % down, overall play was worse.
I'm not too concerned about an 11 game sample, or last nights game for that matter. The point was last night was an example of what we have seen from him on a pretty consistent basis in the past.
Last year he clearly got too ahead of himself. Tried to force the issue, and due to injuries was given more offensive responsibility he never should have been given. Its a lack of coaching to even put him in that place in the first place, but I could somewhat understand as there were times we played without Bogdan/Fox and relied on Joseph/Yogi/Buddy to initiate the offense. Essentially an unwinnable situation.
My ideal situation for Buddy would be a Klay like feel. Don't take more than a dribble at a time. Either shoot or make the easy swing pass immediately. Obviously his defense will never be up to par with some of the better players and that will always be his handicap. When he tries his on ball defense can be okay, but his awareness is severely lacking.
And again i'm not arguing that OP is a fair trade for him. Its that sacramento has no business paying assets to dump him, and being Sacramento the cap space is truly meaningless. So why trade him for a worse player? I just have a feeling after seeing shooters continue to get massively paid this summer, Buddy will work himself into his contract. Might take 1-2 years, but better to hold for now while we aren't going anywhere then to sell at a low.