Tyrese Haliburton was one of the NBA's most impressive rookies this past season, and the young Kings guard is opening eyes as a member of the Select Team helping Team USA prepare for the Tokyo Olympics.
“Gosh, the first thing I think our whole staff picked up on was what a great mind he has and his basketball intelligence, and how quickly he picks up on things. He’s very perceptive and also a great communicator," Team USA Select coach Mark Few told reporters Wednesday.
In 58 games for the Kings this past season, Haliburton averaged 13.0 points and 5.3 assists per game while shooting 47.2 percent from the field and 40.9 percent from 3-point range.
Haliburton was the steal of the 2020 NBA Draft, sliding all the way to No. 12 before the Kings eagerly snapped him.
De'Aaron Fox and Haliburton give the Kings a young, dynamic backcourt to build around.
Haliburton's best attribute is his ability to blend seamlessly into different roles. He can play on or off the ball, score at all three levels, facilitate for his teammates and knock down shots from outside.
The Kings know they hit a home run in selecting Haliburton. Now, they must try to find another gem when they go on the clock with the No. 9 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft.