Buddy Hield has been an elite three-point shooter dating back to his college days at Oklahoma. Hield went from player to a school superstar as a senior with the Sooners, morphing into one of the best player within the country on the strength of his high-volume and highly accurate three-point shooting. Drafted No. 6 overall by the Recent Orleans Pelicans in 2016, Hield has been something of a journeyman ever since: he was traded to Sacramento for DeMarcus Cousins, traded to Indiana for Domantas Sabonis, and has found himself in trade rumors from mainly the moment he became a Pacer.
Hield never became a star within the NBA, but he’s a excellent role player because he can still really shoot. On Thursday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Hield hit a three-pointer that put him within the record books. He’s now the owner of the quickest three in NBA history.
Cavs center Jarrett Allen won the tip, but he knocked the ball backwards right to Hield. Hield caught it, turned, fired, and made a three-pointer immediately, with the ball swishing through the web after only three seconds of the game-time. Watch the play here:
With only three seconds of game time elapsing after the opening tip, Hield broke a record set by Reggie Miller in 2000 for the fastest three-pointer to start out a game in NBA history.
3 seconds into the sport… this was the FASTEST three-pointer recorded because the start of the play-by-play era!
One other Pacer held the record previously… Reggie Miller (4 seconds on March 5, 2000). https://t.co/9G1hkNzkdG
— NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) December 30, 2022
Is anyone ever going to beat this mark? Hield was in perfect position to shoot a 3 as soon as he caught the ball off the opening tip. In a single motion, he caught the ball and got into shooting position, washing zero time as he turned around and shot it. Given the way in which teams line up for the opening tip, it’s pretty hard to assume that it’s physically possible to hit a three-pointer any sooner right into a game than Hield did against the Cavs.
The Pacers beat the Cavs, 135-126, to proceed their surprising success this season. Indiana is now 19-17 overall.