Has Buddy Hield played his way into the team’s future

At the start of the season, no one expected Buddy Hield to play so well and have such a big part on this Indiana Pacers team. He was quietly one of the most consistent guys in the squad. Another thing we weren’t sure about was if this team could compete with the rest of the tough Eastern Conference this year. Well, the Pacers are sitting at 7-6 right now and are above .500 for the first time in almost two years.

In 13 games so far, Hield has started in all and posted consistent numbers. Averaging 18.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and a solid 3.2 assists per game on an impressive 47 percent shooting from the field, including 40.8 percent from three and 87 percent from the charity streak, he was undoubtedly one of the best players in the team.

Oh, and of course, for his niche, Hield is second in most threes this season (52), behind only Steph Curry (72). Buddy finished second last year and is poised to do so again.

One of the most impressive things about the seasoned sniper is his consistency. He’s played all 13 games this season so far like he has something to prove. He has been tasked with protecting some of the league’s best players on short spurts on several occasions, despite a history of being a poor defender. He also appears to have taken a leadership role on this team alongside TJ McConnell.

Is Buddy Hield Part of the Future for the Indiana Pacers Now?

The Pacers are obviously building for the future, but with their play of late, it’s fair to say the Pacers could at least be fighting for a play-in berth in the playoffs. At 29, Hield is obviously one of the older players on the team but has been one of the calmer hands and presence in the roster.

At least on paper, Hield seems to have done enough to play his way into the foreseeable future of this Pacers team given his compatibility with the young core’s abilities. It’s a huge compliment to rising star Tyrese Haliburton and potential Rookie of the Year Bennedict Mathurin.

This comes as a bit of a shock to many as his name remains all over the rumor mill, although these could be quickly put to bed if his game continues and the Indiana Pacers continue to thrive if he takes on a prominent role. But for the right price, as is usual with a young team, expect the front office to give way at some point, although his natural fit with the roster might give the team pause.