Hield struggling through first three games for the Pelicans
Bahamian Chavano “Buddy” Hield is off to a slow start in his rookie season in the National Basketball Association (NBA), struggling to shoot the ball.
He is averaging just 4.67 points per game through three games this season, and is yet to hit a three pointer, 0-for-8 from distance. In his latest outing on Saturday night, Hield saw almost 18 minutes of action and shot 3-for-10 from the field for eight points. It was his season-high after dropping in just four and two in his first two games.
Hield and the New Orleans Pelicans are off to a 0-3 winless start, falling to the Denver Nuggets and Golden State Warriors at home, and then losing to the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday night. In the latter, they fell 98-79, to the Spurs at the AT&T Center in San Antonio. Hield added five rebounds and two steals in the game.
Hield scored three field goals on breakaway baskets, one uncontested dunk and two-lay-ups. He added two free shots for his eight points. Anthony Davis and E’Twaun Moore tied for game-high honors for the Pelicans with 18 points apiece. They were the only two players in double
figures for the Pelicans.
Kawhi Leonard led the undefeated Spurs (4-0) with 20 points. Patty Mills added 18, and LaMarcus Aldridge powered in 12.
The Spurs shot a much better percentage from the floor (42.2 to 37.2) and from distance (41.7 to 18.2) in comparison to the Pelicans, and out-rebounded them 50-45.
Bahamian sharp shooter Hield is showing an ability to get out in transition, but is struggling from the perimeter and from distance. He has hit just one jump shot so far this season.
Hield is shooting just 25 percent this season, 6-for-24, was a -12 in the +/- category in each of his first two games and as mentioned, is yet to hit a three pointer. He is averaging over 17 minutes per game.
Hield also struggled shooting the ball in the preseason, but still managed 12.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and two assists per game in six preseason games.
Hield and the Pelicans will host the Milwaukee Bucks at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Tuesday, and will travel to Memphis to play the Grizzlies on Wednesday. The game against the Bucks is set for an 8 p.m. start.