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Buddy Hield's Defense

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Buddy Hield's Defense 

Post#1 » by -G- » Tue Oct 20, 2020 4:01 am

I'm in an argument about how good Buddy is, and the knock on him is always his defense. Is he really a bad defender?
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Re: Buddy Hield's Defense 

Post#2 » by kb02 » Tue Oct 20, 2020 4:46 pm

-G- wrote:I'm in an argument about how good Buddy is, and the knock on him is always his defense. Is he really a bad defender?


Short answer: yes.

Longer answer, Buddy tries, but doesn't have plus length nor plus quickness to be a league average defender at the two spot. Also doesn't have the spatial awareness (i.e, hoops IQ) to be a good team defender (thus far). So I wouldn't die on the hill you're trying to die in.

He is a better rebounder than most would give him credit for. So that might be something you can justify in addition to his one elite tool, which is his shooting.
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Re: Buddy Hield's Defense 

Post#3 » by codydaze » Tue Oct 20, 2020 6:25 pm

-G- wrote:I'm in an argument about how good Buddy is, and the knock on him is always his defense. Is he really a bad defender?


He gets some sneaky steals on inbound passes after made baskets which inflate his steal numbers a bit, but generally Hield is not a good defender. Not good in man defense situations, guarding the pick and roll or in off the ball defense. He gives effort but just doesn't have the ability.
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Re: Buddy Hield's Defense 

Post#4 » by -G- » Tue Oct 20, 2020 11:43 pm

Damn, this makes me sad. Appreciate the replies!
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Re: Buddy Hield's Defense 

Post#5 » by BoogieTime » Wed Oct 21, 2020 4:51 am

With his motor/work ethic, I’m still hopeful his technique will improve with time.

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