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Buddy Hield ejected after hitting DeMarcus Cousins in crotch (Video)

Buddy Hield was ejected after hitting DeMarcus Cousins in a sensitive area.

During the second quarter of Sunday’s game between the Kings and Pelicans, Cousins set a screen after passing the ball to Ben McLemore. While attempting to run around the screen, and stay with McLemore, Hield hit Cousins below the waist, appearing to grab him in the crotch. Cousins certainly thought so. Here’s video so you can see for yourself.

Hield was correctly assessed a Flagrant 2 foul, which carries a subsequent ejection. The folks over at Barstool Sports didn’t think that was enough.

Kings reportedly ‘praying’ Buddy Hield falls to them at No. 8

Buddy Hield

The Sacramento Kings are facing a pretty extensive rebuild of their team, and they reportedly have someone in mind with the No. 8 pick in the NBA Draft.

According to ESPN’s Chad Ford, the Kings are “praying” that Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield is there for them with the 8th pick, and both GM Vlade Divac and owner Vivek Ranadive are extremely high on the player.

Hield projects as a shooting guard, so it makes sense that the Kings are interested as it’s safe to say Ben McLemore has not worked out as hoped. The hope is probably that they can pair him with DeMarcus Cousins to create a potentially lethal inside-outside combination.

The problem for Sacramento is that Hield may well not be there for him. He was viewed as a likely top five pick in March and nothing has happened that would change that. The Kings would probably be wise to have a backup plan in place in the event that Hield is off the board when they pick.

H/T Rotoworld

Denzel Valentine defends Buddy Hield

Denzel Valentine

National Player of the Year Denzel Valentine is sticking by his fellow player of the year candidate Buddy Hield.

After Oklahoma was blown out in the Final Four Saturday 95-51 against Villanova, many people were mocking the Sooners (and to a lesser extent, Hield). Not Valentine, though.

The Michigan State star is buddies with Hield and sent out these tweets defending his pal:

That’s pretty nice of Valentine to do. He didn’t have to do it, but he spoke up for his friend. Of course, he knows what it’s like to go out in the tourney after a disappointing performance, so he could relate.

Buddy Hield says he put on a show because of Kobe Bryant

Buddy Hield Kobe Bryant

Buddy Hield put on a show for the fans watching Oklahoma’s 80-68 win over Oregon in the West Region of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday. The Oklahoma senior guard says he was motivated by having Kobe Bryant in attendance for the game:

Bryant, whose Lakers have a home game Sunday against the Wizards, also attended Oklahoma’s game in the Sweet 16 in Anaheim, Calif. on Thursday. Hield got to take a photo with the former NBA MVP then:

My idol growing up @kobebryant It was a pleasure meeting Two, Four #Respect #MambaOut

A photo posted by Buddy Hield (@buddylove242) on

Hield called Kobe his “idol” in that Instagram post. It’s no wonder he really wanted to put on a show.

With a 13-for-20 shooting performance including eight 3-pointers for a total of 37 points, Hield certainly did himself and Kobe proud. And who knows? He might end up replacing Kobe as a guard on the Lakers next season. Hield is already being viewed as a top-five pick.

Buddy Hield NBA Draft: Teams see him going in top five

Buddy Hield

Buddy Hield has been lighting it up for Oklahoma throughout the college basketball season, and apparently his performance during the NCAA Tournament has only helped his NBA Draft stock.

Hield was on fire during Oklahoma’s Elite Eight match-up with Oregon, hitting most of his outside shots, including many behind the arc. His strong game against the Ducks comes after he scored 27 in a first-round win against Cal State Bakersfield and 36 points in a second-round victory over VCU.

The impressive play by Hield has further cemented his status as a top pick for the NBA Draft.

The Vertical’s Chris Mannix reports that among execs on teams picking in the lottery, Hield is viewed as a top-five pick.

Hield has greatly improved his numbers across the board this season. He entered Saturday shooting nearly 50 percent from the field, 45.8 percent on threes, 88.3 percent on free throws, 5.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game — all career-best marks.

Though the NBA Draft lottery has not yet happened, teams like the 76ers, Suns, Lakers, Nets and Timberwolves will all have the strongest chances at receiving top five picks, and therefore getting a shot at the senior guard.

His steady play in four straight games during the NCAA Tournament will go a long way towards convincing teams they can count on Hield. He really only had one stinker all season, and that was in the Big 12 Tournament when he shot just 1-of-8 in a loss to West Virginia. Besides that, he has been extremely reliable.

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