SACRAMENTO, CA – OCTOBER 30: Vivek Ranadive’ owner of the NBA Sacramento Kings speaks at a press conference prior to the start of the opening nignt game between the Denver Nuggets and Sacramento Kings at Sleep Train Arena on October 30, 2013 in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

The Sacramento Kings made one of the worst NBA trades in recent memory Sunday night when they shipped star big man DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans in return for a likely non-lottery first round pick, a second-round pick, Tyreke Evans and Buddy Hield.

Almost anyone who vaguely follows the NBA thinks it’s unfathomable that the Kings could have considered this deal. Kings general manager Vlade Divac even said that they could have gotten a better deal two days ago. But now we know why the team was targeting a deal with the Pelicans in particular: Kings owner Vivek Ranadive thinks Hield is going to be the next Steph Curry. Really.

That’s quite the opinion! It turns out that it’s also based on very false data.

The obvious falsehood is that Hield isn’t “big like Klay.” He’s a full three inches shorter than Klay Thompson. Also, by doing even basic research on just their rookie seasons, Vivek could have learned that Hield is nothing like Curry. Hield is actually worse at literally every shooting metric, and he doesn’t even get a lot of assists.

Player eFG% True Shooting % Offensive Rating Three-point % Assist % Points Per Game
Steph Curry 53.5% 56.8% 107 43.7% 24.6% 17.5
Buddy Hield 48.6% 50.2% 97 36.9% 10.4% 8.6

The Kings’ deal was bad, but their justification is even worse. If Hield had shown Curry-like potential, then maybe it could have been defended. The problem is, any Curry-Hield comparison is a figment of Vivek’s imagination.

About Kevin Trahan

Kevin mostly covers college football and college basketball, with an emphasis on NCAA issues and other legal issues in sports. He is also an incoming law student. He's written for SB Nation, USA Today, VICE Sports, The Guardian and The Wall Street Journal, among others. He is a graduate of Northwestern University.

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