Bogdan Bogdanovic is shooting 40.0 percent from 3-point range and teammate Buddy Hield is at 42.5 percent, 14th best in the NBA.
Both were selected to Friday’s Rising Stars game, but Bogdanovic thinks they have more to offer at All-Star Weekend.
“I wish one day, me and Buddy can be out there” in the 3-point contest, Bogdanovic said Friday afternoon at Staples Center.
“I think we can beat Klay (Thompson) and (Stephen) Curry,” he said with a smile, challenging two of the NBA’s best shooters, who play for Golden State.
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Hield is the only King in two All-Star Weekend events. He will participate in the Skills Challenge on Saturday.
That’s been a source of jokes from Kings teammates, because that event includes drills for dribbling and passing, and Hield is known as a shooter, more than anything.
Bogdanovic said he’s still putting his faith in Hield to win.
“He better bet on me; I’m his boy,” Hield said. “He’s been telling me I better go out there and win and compete. I’m happy I’ve got somebody on my side, cheering for me.”
Staying put – Hield knows one thing is certain about All-Star Weekend: He will still be a King next week.
This is the second year that Hield is taking part in the Rising Stars game, but last year he did so as a rookie for the New Orleans Pelicans.
By the end of the weekend, Hield had been traded to Sacramento along with Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway and two 2017 draft picks for DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi.
“It was a busy weekend in New Orleans,” Hield said. “Soaking up all the New Orleans love and then boom, you get traded after the All-Star Game. I know this All-Star I won’t be getting traded so I’ll be good.”
Hield and Bogdanovic made the World Team roster for the Rising Stars game that features some of the NBA’s best first- and second-year players, while De’Aaron Fox was added to the U.S. Team as an injury replacement for Lonzo Ball.
Hield said he was most looking forward to scoring on Fox.
“He’s been talking trash all day and last night,” Hield said. “If he’s out there guarding me, I’m going to put something on him.”
More trash talk – Fox said Hield and Bogdanovic have been doing the most trash talking about the game.
Fox said he’s not worried about any possible defensive plans his Kings’ teammates might have for him.
“Buddy is talking the most, Bogi has been talking second,” Fox said. “I just be like, I already know how to score on y’all, so it’s good.”
Fox had a bandage over the seven stitches he received above his right eye after a hard fall late in Wednesday’s loss at Houston. He also received two stitches in his chin.