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Who do the Warriors view as the top point guard in the 2020 NBA Draft?

"I’ve been told that (Tyrese Haliburton) has emerged as the No. 1 point guard on the Warriors’ board — yes, above LaMelo Ball and Killian Hayes," Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle writes.

Haliburton had his sophomore year at Iowa State cut short in early February because of a broken left wrist. He averaged 15.2 points, 6.5 assists, 5.9 rebounds and 2.5 steals over 22 games, while shooting better than 50 percent from the field and just under 42 percent from deep.

Several members of the Warriors' front office traveled to Ames, Iowa in early January to see Haliburton up close.

"If Golden State lands anywhere between No. 2 and No. 5, it will seriously consider Haliburton," Letourneau added.

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The 20-year-old (who was born on a "leap day" on Feb. 29, 2000) has somewhat of a funky release, but it's effective.

"My form is not traditional right now, but it was even worse as a freshman because I wasn't strong enough to really get it there," he told ESPN's Mike Schmitz in early April. "I've had to get more used to getting it off in different ways.

 

"Even this year, I played with it a little bit because I knew I'd be more of an emphasis defensively. You might see sometimes my pull-up doesn't look the same as my catch-and-shoot shot. But it's just dependent on how I can get it there.

"I feel like I put a lot of time in and no matter how I release it, I feel like every shot's going in."

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At 6-foot-5 with a 6-foot-7.5 inch wingspan, Haliburton thrives in transition where his incredible passing skills are on full display. The Oshkosh, Wis. native "has one of the highest basketball IQs of any player in the draft," according to Schmitz.

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