Pacific Notes: Hield, Shamet, Ayton, Green

Kings guard Buddy Hield, who signed a four-year extension worth up to $106MM last month, had been in somewhat of a shooting slump prior to his 41-point eruption on Monday, Jason Jones of The Athletic notes. Hield was averaging 19.0 PPG on 40.9 percent shooting overall and 37.7 percent from deep before he drained 11 3-pointers against the Celtics. Last season, Hield averaged 20.7 PPG on 45.8 percent shooting and 42.7 percent from 3. Hield wasn’t worried about the dip in numbers and with good reason.

“I’m getting the shots; I just need to put them down,” Hield said over the weekend. “I’m shooting the ball confidently — every shot I think I’m going to make. Yeah, the numbers, the shooting percentages don’t look right, but shooting 38 percent from 3 is not bad. But it’s bad for me because people have high expectations for me, and I have really high expectations for myself.”

We have more from the Pacific Division:

  • Clippers guard Landry Shamet is unlikely to return during the team’s upcoming three-game road trip but he’s showing progress, coach Doc Rivers told Jovan Buha of The Athletic (Twitter link). Shamet suffered a left ankle sprain two weeks ago. The second-year guard was averaging 9.1 PPG in 29.4 MPG over 10 appearances this season prior to the injury.
  • Suns center Deandre Ayton is making good use of his time while serving out his 25-game suspension, Gina Mizell of The Athletic reports. He has been working out with the team and participating in meetings and film sessions. Coach Monty Williams has noticed Ayton’s added muscle through weight-room sessions with the strength and conditioning staff, Mizell adds. “It’s a really good time for him to grow,” Williams said. “Not just as a basketball player, but to reflect on a number of things. And it’s a great time for us to put our arms around him and show him that we are a family.”
  • Forward Draymond Green is trying his best to display leadership during the Warriors’ injury-related struggles, Anthony Slater of The Athletic writes. “For me, it can go one of two ways,” Green said. “You can either not have perspective and lose the trust of all these young guys and fail them as a veteran leader. Or you can still try to get everything out of them while teaching them, while trying to win games, but understanding it’s much bigger than that.”
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8 thoughts on “Pacific Notes: Hield, Shamet, Ayton, Green

  1. harden-westbrook-mvps

    Draymond’s $100M extension was a big mistake for Golden State. They will be stuck in limbo for the next 4 years unless they can unload most of the big contracts on the team right now. When Klay and Curry are both healthy, the Warriors will be too good for the lottery, but not good enough to contend in the West.

    • realistnotsucker

      They didn’t sign n trade for DLO for no reason they’re gonna trade that lottery pick this year and couple more picks and DLO for Giannis

      • Strike Four

        Its okay, harden-westbrook-mvps just got massively humbled by King Luka MichaelJordan Doncic, he needs to cry about the Warriors taking a year off and utterly ignoring how they are playing an 8 man lineup with their best 6 players on the injured list, lol @ the worst account on this site lololol at him…

    • The Warriors went to the finals The Last 5 Years and no kidding, they came out of the Western Conference. 5 years in a row. The last five years, not 93-94 or even 10 years ago.

      Most of the big minute guys will be back next season Plus D’Angelo Russell or replacement, plus a top-eight pick, Plus some of these young guys who will have a year under their belts and can provide spot Duty when the big horses need a rest.

      Yes Andre Iguodala is gone yes Shaun Livingston is gone. But the rest of the guys that left were role players except for Kevin Durant. But they went to the finals with Durant hurt most of this last postseason.

      Warriors will be very good next season No Doubt.

      • Warriors also will be adding a top 3 prospect next year to go along with the 4 allstars that are out. It will be like a new team. Other teams better be very scared in 2021

      • Warriors also will be adding a top 3 prospect next year to go along with the 4 allstars that are out. It will be like a new team. Other teams better be very scared in 2021

      • Strike Four

        Iguodala is coming back next year for 100% sure. Both team and himself wants it. The hard cap will be lifted and then they will be right back to making Harden look like the fraudulent player he is and will continue adding to the massive amounts of games he chokes in.

    • Strike Four

      You post on every. single. warriors. post. why. why. why.

      Oh right, the Warriors live rent free in your head FOR LIFE. They OWN you. They RELENTLESSLY defeat you in the playoffs, and your team RELENTLESSLY chokes in every. single. big. game. lol. lololololol….

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