Buddy Hield is officially the fastest shot within the East, possibly ever.
The Indiana Pacers opened Thursday’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers with a lightning-fast 3-pointer. In a single fluid motion, Hield caught the tip from Cavaliers center Jarrett Allen on Cleveland’s side of the court, turned around and drained the shot.
From tip-off to field goal, the entire thing took about three seconds.
Per blogger Justin Russo, Hield’s shot is the primary time in recorded NBA history that a player has made a 3-pointer in the primary three seconds of a game. Those records extend back to the 1996-97 season.
That little piece of NBA history is a plus in what has been a solid season for Hield. The sharpshooter is currently averaging 17.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and a pair of.6 assists per game while shooting 41.9 percent from 3-point range.
Hield joined the Pacers last season as a part of the Domantas Sabonis blockbuster and stays at the middle of many NBA trade rumors, most notably as a goal for the ailing Los Angeles Lakers. Hield holds a $21.2 million cap hit this season and stays under contract next season with a $19.3 million price tag, but his 3-point shooting makes him a straightforward sell for nearly any contender in a league where 3-point shooting and spacing his king.
Buddy Hield made a 3-pointer in record time for the Pacers. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)