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Postseason finally beckons for 76ers' Hield after 632 NBA games

Buddy Hield Buddy Hield - The Canadian Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Tyrese Maxey sat on his locker room chair and yelled loud enough after Philadelphia beat Miami in a play-in tournament game to welcome one of the newest 76ers to the postseason club.

Buddy Hield! Welcome to the playoffs!” Maxey said.

Indeed, Hield is set to make his NBA postseason debut — and all it took was 632 regular-season games plus one more bonus game Wednesday night in the 76ers' 105-104 win over the Heat.

The 31-year-old Hield held the dubious distinction of most NBA games without a playoff appearance by an active player.

“I'm just glad we got the win,” Hield said. “I'm glad I go to the playoffs for the first time. I'm ready.”

He played 57 games with the New Orleans Pelicans in 2016-17 and 385 games with the Sacramento Kings. He played 158 games with the Indiana Pacers before he was traded to the 76ers at this season's trade deadline for Marcus Morris Jr., Furkan Korkmaz and three second-round draft picks. He played the final 32 games with the Sixers.

Because of the trade, Hield actually played 84 games this season. He also played for the Pacers in the In-Season Tournament title game in December, Game 85 which didn't count toward the official total. Game No. 86 pushed him into the playoffs. He hit a 3-pointer when the Sixers rallied from 14 down and finished with seven points.

“I think it's something pretty cool,” coach Nick Nurse said. “Pretty cool to be able to do that, especially in this day and age.”

Hield has been one of the top 3-point shooters in the NBA for years in both volume and makes. He hit at least 260 in four straight seasons with the Kings and made a career-high 288 last season with the Pacers.