University of Oklahoma standout guard Buddy Hield is one of the best prospects in this year’s 2016 NBA Draft. According to the latest NBA rumors, Hield was very impressive in his workout with the Boston Celtics, who owns the third overall pick in the draft.
The 22-year-old Bahamian worked out in Boston on Tuesday and he impressed the Celtics front office with his shooting ability. He reportedly made 85 out 100 three-point shots, surpassing Jamal Murray’s 79-for100 shooting last week, per Jon Goodman of ESPN.
Jamal Murray hit 79 of 100 3’s in Boston last week. Buddy Hield, per source, hit 85 of 100 in front of Celtics brass today in California.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) June 13, 2016
Nicholas Goss of New England Sports Network, Hield is one of the top options by the Celtics to pick third overall in the draft. Boston has met many top prospects with international star Dragan Bender set for workouts before the draft.
Nonetheless, Celtics general manager Danny Ainge is very impressed with Hield’s workout performance. The 2016 College Player of the Year is considered the best pure shooter in the draft as he hit a career-high 45.7 percent from threes in his final year in Oklahoma.
“It went well. I would say there were no real surprises. Buddy Hield is a really good shooter and a hard-working, well-conditioned player. He’s a great kid and a guy that’s ready to step in and play. Very, very, impressive,” Ainge told The Boston Globe.
However, there are plenty of NBA rumors suggesting that the Celtics will trade their third pick for a proven star like Jimmy Butler, Kevin Love or DeMarcus Cousins. But if ever they hold on to the pick, the Celtics don’t need another guard with their backcourt already stacked with Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley, Marcus Smart, R.J. Hunter and Terry Rozier.
Some of the prospects linked with the Celtics’ third overall pick besides Hield are Jamal Murray, Kris Dunn, Jaylen Brown and Dragan Bender. The 2016 NBA Draft will be on June 23 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
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