Let me start this off by saying I love Buddy Hield. He’s a helluva player, easy to root for and will be a good NBA player in my opinion. That being said. Why the hell would a team take Buddy over Jamal Murray right now?
Both players are projected to go in the lottery and likely in the top-5, but it seems like some teams are targeting Hield more than Murray. The only team that should is the Boston Celtics, because they have the chance to compete now compared to the other lottery teams.
First off, Murray is four years younger than Buddy. Think about what Hield was doing at Murray’s age. He was averaging about seven points a game and a poor shooter. He improved that much over the time, so let’s say Murray improves at the same rate, that’s a guaranteed All-Star then.
Yes, Hield is known as a better defender, but that’s in college basketball and not the NBA. Murray can improve his defense and honestly it’s hard to say that Hield will be head and shoulders better defensively.
Murray has competed at a high level, as we all know in the Pan-Am Games, where he saw mediocre NBA talent. For the NBA Draft though, a team has to take Jamal Murray before Hield.