Tyrese Haliburton: Trust or Bust

Steve Hamann

The Sacramento Kings selected Tyrese Haliburton with the 12th overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. After missing on many potential stars, the Kings look like they have finally hit on a first-round selection. Haliburton flew under the radar going into college at Iowa State and was projected to be a top-10 pick in this year’s draft. When he wasn’t selected in the first ten picks, the Kings had found their guy to pair with their other young talent.

The Perfect Fit

The Kings had two talented guards already slotted in their lineup with Buddy Hield and De’Aron Fox. Fox is a quick point guard who can put up points in a hurry. Opposite of him is sharpshooter Buddy Hield who averaged 17.5 points last year while shooting 41.6 from behind the arc. Haliburton comes into the picture as an off-ball guard who can fill all the cracks that the other two don’t. The Iowa State product has already proven in five games this year that he can make the right decision at the right moment.

A strong part of his game is his ability to spot up and shoot from just about anywhere. While his jump shot may not be the best looking, the rookie has been shooting over 50% off the bench this year. Haliburton’s vision has also proven to be one of his many strengths, as he’s averaging 4.4 assists per game. He is not just an offensive weapon for the Kings either; Haliburton has had five steals in his last two games. With all of these impressive traits, he shows how he will be a steady contender for rookie of the year.

Development is Key

The Kings have not shied away from giving their rookie plenty of playing time. The rookie is getting about twenty-six minutes a game and will continue to when healthy. Many would agree that the Kings are not going to make a run at the Finals this year. Instead, they will do the most to develop all of the young talents under coach Luke Walton. Had Haliburton been drafted by another team, they may have brought him along slower due to some of the skills and athleticism he lacks. With a high basketball IQ, this stat stuffer will become a household name for many years to come.

Prediction: Trust

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