Buddy Hield

Indiana Pacers

About Buddy Hield

Chavano Rainer “Buddy” Hield, a professional basketball player from the Bahamas who plays for the NBA’s Indiana Pacers, was born on December 17, 1992. West of Freeport in the Bahamas’ West Grand Bahama region, near the beach community of Eight Mile Rock, Hield was born and reared. He was the sixth of his mother Jackie Braynen’s seven children. Hield’s mother gave him the moniker Bud Bundy after the character from the comedy Married with Children.

When Hield was still in high school, a basketball magazine from the Bahamas called The All Bahamian Brand did a story on him. When Hield was still a young kid, The All Bahamian Brand named him the top eighth-grader in the Bahamas and one to watch. 

Despite receiving intense recruiting, he chose the Oklahoma Sooners over the Kansas Jayhawks. In his last year at Oklahoma, on April 7, 2016, Hield received the John R. Wooden Award as the top college basketball player for the 2015–16 campaign, during which he led the country in three-pointers made and averaged 25 points, 5.7 rebounds, and two assists per game. 

The New Orleans Pelicans picked Hield with the sixth overall choice in the 2016 NBA Draught. On February 20, 2017, Hield was exchanged for DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi by the Sacramento Kings, along with Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, and 2017 first- and second-round lottery selections.  He was chosen to the NBA All-Rookie First Team at the conclusion of the season.


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