Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hiled celebrated his birthday Monday… But what people didn’t know was coming was that he announced he was a year older than listed.
“That’s their fault, not my fault,” Hield said of the mistake. “The first time I saw it on Wikipedia, my mom said, ‘Why do they have your age wrong?’ I said, ‘I have no idea.'”
Hield said his passport lists 1992 as his birth year, as does his driver’s license. He thought the mistake may have occurred when someone posted the incorrect year on Wikipedia and people “just went with it.”
Hield added that Kings general manager Vlade Divac and assistant general manager Peja Stojakovic were aware he was born in 1992 and turned 26 this year. Divac confirmed to Ham that that was the case.
Rookies coming into the league are normally under 22 years old and Hield who was four-year player at Oklahoma, thought to be 22 coming out of Oklahoma, which is relatively old for a rookie. In truth, he was actually 23.
Mason Ginsberg of Bourbon Street Shots wondered if that new information would’ve impacted Hield being a sixth overall pick.
Based on this new information, that makes Jamal Murray over four YEARS younger than Hield.— Mason Ginsberg (@MasonGinsberg) December 21, 2018
1) Did the Pelicans really know that?
2) If they didn't, do they still take Buddy over Murray?
3) Did the Kings know that when they made him the centerpiece of the Cousins trade?
And in reality this might cost him millions of dollars because it won’t be too long before he’s on the wrong end of the aging curve.
Hield is averaging 19.9 points and shooting 43.3 percent from three-point range, and he is one reason for Sacramento’s surprising 16-15 start. And is the best Hield has performed in his career.
Hopefully this doesn’t hurt Hield, but if he’s telling the truth about teams knowing about it then why would it?