Hield continued to see his fair share of struggles from the field, but a perfect night from the charity stripe propped up his final line significantly. The third-year pro only shot 45.5 percent or better in two of six exhibitions, so there's at least some concern about that aspect of his game heading into the regular season. However, Hield is able to contribute in multiple categories outside of scoring, and he's set for another significant role off the bench at both wing spots this coming season.
Hield led the Kings in scoring with a lights-out shooting effort, making up for a rough night from the field last Friday versus the Warriors when he drained just three of 12 attempts. The third-year guard should continue in a high-usage second-unit role this season, and he'll likely open the campaign as the starting shooting guard while Bogdan Bogdanovic completes his recovery from a knee injury.
Hield couldn't get much going with his shot, although he filled out the rest of the stat sheet nicely. The third-year guard continues to man the starting two-guard spot while Bogdan Bogdanovic (knee) remains sidelined, an assignment that should extend into the regular season given the latter's projected 4-to-6-week recovery timetable. Hield averaged a solid 13.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.1 steals across 25.3 minutes over 80 games last season, and he should be in for a similar workload in the coming campaign once he returns to the second unit.
Hield delivered 14 points (6-13 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 0-1 FT), five rebounds, five assists and two steals across 28 minutes in a 96-83 win over the Rockets on Wednesday.
The second-year guard thus wrapped up his season with yet another strong effort off the bench, a trend that persisted for the majority of the season. Hield typically enjoyed a robust allotment of minutes despite his second-unit role, leading to solid averages of 13.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.1 steals across 25.3 minutes over 80 games, 13 of those starts. The 24-year-old will likely battle fellow young sharpshooter Bogdan Bogdanovic for the starting two-guard job heading into the 2018-19 campaign.
Hield registered 15 points (7-17 FG, 3-6 3Pt), three rebounds, two steals, an assist and a blocked shot in 32 minutes during Monday's 98-85 loss to the Spurs.
In his first full season with the Kings, he saw a significant jump in his rookie numbers but failed to make the kind of impact the Kings desperately needed. He's found himself jammed up in the depth chart behind Bogdan Bogdanovic at guard and Justin Jackson at the three, and it remains to be seen if his situation will change much next season. Unless he's dealt, he'll be on contract with the Kings until 2020.
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