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Oscar Robertson Compares Buddy Hield to Stephen Curry

Joe Pantorno@@JoePantornoFeatured ColumnistApril 1, 2016

Apr 1, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Oklahoma Sooners guard Buddy Hield (left) and Oscar Robertson at the Oscar Robertson Trophy player of the year press conference prior to the 2016 Men's Final Four at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

NBA legend and Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson already made headlines earlier this year when he told ESPN's Mike and Mike (via CBS Sports' Matt Moore) that teams' inability to play defense made Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry successful.

On Friday, Robertson brought up the Warriors superstar once again. This time, as he presented Oklahoma Sooners guard Buddy Hield with the Oscar Robertson Trophy in Houston, he implied the college star is a better all-around player than Curry, per SNY.tv's Adam Zagoria.

"He has confidence in getting his shot away," he said. "I don't think any of these players can guard him. Just like Steph Curry, they can't guard him. They can't guard Buddy, either. Plus he can go inside and he can rebound. It means a lot also other than being a shot, he's a great basketball player."

There's no question that Hield has electrified the college game this season. He's averaged 25.4 points per game this year and, like Curry, can score from anywhere on the floor, especially from distance. 

Hield has been saving some of his best performances for last, too, as he scored 37 points in the Elite Eight against Oregon:

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However, implying that Hield is a better all-around player than the NBA's reigning MVP is a lofty comparison.

Curry's three-point exploits have been well-documented this season. For the second straight year, he has set a new league record with 361 made threes, but he's also an above-average facilitator, brilliant ball-handler and capable scorer inside.

For argument's sake, let's take a look at how Hield and Curry match up this season on some of the aspects Robertson referred to and more:

Stephen Curry vs. Buddy Hield 2015-16
CurryStatHield
72Games36
30.0Points Per Game25.4
361Three-Pointers Made146
5.0Three-Pointers Per Game4.1
45.4Three-Point Percentage46.5
50.5Field Goal Percentage50.4
5.4Rebounds Per Game5.7
6.5Assists Per Game2.0

This isn't taking anything away from Hield, but if he gets into the NBA and puts up those numbers, it might give Robertson a better opportunity to make such a bold claim. For now, it's difficult to try to find someone who can beat Curry in anything when it comes to basketball. 

Stats courtesy of Basketball-Reference.com and Sports-Reference.com.

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