Bahamian professional basketball player with the Indiana Pacers Chavano “Buddy” Hield is in elite company, having become the second-fastest player in National Basketball Association (NBA) history to reach 1,500 made three-pointers. He accomplished that feat on Monday in an 112-104 win for the Pacers over the Golden State Warriors.
Ironically, the fastest player is Warriors guard Stephen Curry, the most prolific three-point shooter in NBA history. It is a great measuring stick for Hield. Hield is ranked at number 43 on the all-time list for made three-pointers. He has exactly 1,500 made three-pointers in 492 games. Next on the list is current Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love with 1,506 three-pointers. Once Hield remains healthy, he should crack the top 40 by the end of this calendar year. The sharpshooter ranks at number 16 on the active players list and is the only player on the active player top 20 list that has played under 600 games.
Hield’s 1,500th three-point shot came from the top of the arc in the fourth quarter of their game against the Warriors. There was 8:39 left on the clock. It gave the Pacers a 95-93 lead at that point of the game. Hield finished with 17 points, nine rebounds and five assists.
Hield was the fastest player to 1,000 made treys, accomplishing that feat on March 1, 2021. He did it in his 350th career game when he played for the Sacramento Kings. They lost that game 127-126 to the Charlotte Hornets.
After averaging 15.6 points per game last season, the shooting guard is up to 16.9 points per game this season. He is making 3.5 three-pointers per game on 9.5 attempts and he averages 31.6 minutes per game. He is averaging 4.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists to go with one steal per contest.
Hield is in the top five in the league in made three-pointers this season. The seventh-year player is at number four on the list with 83 made treys. Ahead of him at number three is Cavaliers guard Donovan Mitchell with 89 made three-pointers, Portland Trail Blazers guard Anfernee Simons in second with 93 made three-pointers, and leading the way this season is Curry with 117 made three-pointers.
The Pacers sport a 13-11 win/loss record this season and sit in fifth in the Eastern Conference of the NBA. They were in action at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, last night, taking on the Minnesota Timberwolves (11-12), but the result of that game was unavailable up to press time. They will take to the court again tomorrow when they host the Washington Wizards (11-13) at the Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. That game starts at 7 p.m.