Oklahoma star shooting guard Buddy Hield has been the star of the 2016 NCAA Tournament and drew some heavy praise from former college and NBA sensation Oscar Robertson.
Robertson, whose name is on the trophy that Hield won yesterday, went so far as to compare the Sooners’ star to Golden State Warriors point guard and reigning NBA MVP Stephen Curry.
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“He has confidence in getting his shot away,” Robertson said at the ceremony as he presented the trophy to Hield. “I don’t think any of these players can guard him. Just like Steph Curry, they can’t guard him. They can’t guard Buddy, either. Plus he can go inside and he can rebound. It means a lot also other than being a shot, he’s a great basketball player.”
Interesting words from Robertson, who has been vocally critical of Curry recently, but let’s also pump the brakes here. Yes, Hield is an excellent scorer who is having the best individual NCAA Tournament performance since Curry’s in 2008, but to say his pro comparison is that of the former Davidson Wildcat is way off.
While Hield is a strong shooting guard who finds most of his offense from the three-ball thanks to practically unlimited range, he is not a strong defender, nor does he handle the ball well. He has succeeded in Oklahoma’s three-guard catch-and-shoot offense, but does not really do much in creating off the dribble.
Curry, on the other hand, does all of that while Hield is more of a pure scorer. That’s not a bad thing, but definitely takes away from the off-base Curry comparison of Oscar Robertson.
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