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Why Would Buddy Hield Go Before Jamal Murray in NBA Draft?


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.

Article written by Bobby Reagan

One time representative of UK at SEC 3v3 basketball championships. Northern Yankee living the Kentucky dream. Follow me @uklefty22

3 Comments for Why Would Buddy Hield Go Before Jamal Murray in NBA Draft?

  1. FlatTopsAndBlockedShots
    7:56 pm June 5, 2016 Permalink

    Buddy is really only a little over 3 years older than Jamal. Jamal Murray is far superior in every way when you compare the two, a team would be more inclined to draft Buddy because they are a veteran team and would be worried a teenager would shy away from taking leadership….that is the ONLY thing that would make a team draft Buddy ahead of Jamal. After Jamal’s first season at UK we all know that he is a capable leader in many forms. These NBA teams better do their homework because Jamal Murray will turn out to be the best player in this draft in a very short time.

  2. BigBlueToo
    9:06 pm June 5, 2016 Permalink

    Consider then too, that Jamal Murray’s age was that of an incoming high school senior while he starred as a freshman for the Blue and White. Then consider how he developed in just a short few months….weeks, actually. Nothing short of amazing.

    • WeareBBN
      9:22 pm June 5, 2016 Permalink

      He did not develop anything in a few weeks or even months. Disappeared in most meaningful game in fact. I still think he will be a great pro, possibly best of this class but it had nothing to do with his few months here.