4 Pacers whose stocks are skyrocketing, 3 that are fading fast

The Pacers are off to a fast start, but who is standing out?
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Stock fading: Buddy Hield

Hield is making $19.2 million in the final year of his contract. The two sides could not agree on an extension, which sparked trade rumors (subscription required) in September. Indiana does not want the sharpshooter to walk and get zero in return, so expect to see the chatter heat up closer to February’s deadline.

It has not been a fantastic start to the season for Hield. He is coming off the bench and playing just 23.5 minutes per game, which is the lowest since his rookie season in 2017. The 6’4 wing is putting up 12.1 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game, but is shooting just 41.0 percent from the field and 37.2 percent on his threes. Most players would love to have that 3-point percentage, but Hield is a career 40.2 percent sharpshooter from long range.

He has never been known for his defense, so his shot-making is crucial. Hield is 17th in the NBA in threes attempted per game, and it is only a matter of time before he regains his career connect rate. He needs to get back on track if he hopes to be traded before the deadline.

The 6’4 wing wants a long-term contract, so do not be surprised to see him land one with his new team. Buddy Hield is one of the best 3-point shooters in the NBA, despite his defensive struggles, and teams love shooting.