That’s mostly because he’s played for some sub-par teams including the New Orleans Pelicans, Sacramento Kings, and now the Pacers.
Despite his affiliations, it can’t be ignored that Hield is a special, young talent.
— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) March 29, 2022
That fact became even more obvious the other night when Hield passed Brent Barry to move into 50th on the NBA all-time three-pointers list.
Hield has landed 1,397 threes since he entered the league and has made a name for himself as a sneaky perimeter shooter.
He is definitely making a name for himself.
Hield The Hero
Right now, Hield is averaging 15.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 2.7 assists a game.
That’s not enough to carry his Pacers, however, who are still struggling.
It’s been a chaotic, transformative season for the team and they are ending the year in 13th place in the East with a record of 25-51.
So their hopes of making the playoffs this year are gone but that doesn’t mean next year is a lost cause.
In fact, the Pacers have been making moves to position themselves as a competitor next year.
Acquiring Hield from the Kings was just one of those moves.
But there is still work to be done with the Pacers and climbing out of the hole they’ve dug for themselves will be difficult.
If they’re going to do it, it will be because of the help from Hield and others.
As great as the player is, he can get even better.
He is shooting 36.8% from the three-point line this year, which is actually a tad bit down from his number last year.
And it’s even lower than his career-high 43.1% from a few seasons ago.
Will he get back to that level?
If he does, the Pacers could really bounce back.