Haliburton believes he, Warriors are perfect draft fit


In a draft class without a clear top tier and no generational talent, the Warriors will have to find the prospect that best fits their 2020 needs and the vision they have for the future of the organization when they go on the clock at No. 2 overall.

The Warriors have been linked to just about all of the top players in the class at some point. It is smokescreen season, after all. But a few names keep popping up over and over again in connection to the Warriors.

One of them is Iowa State point guard Tyrese Haliburton, who believes the Warriors would be a perfect fit for what he does best.

"I think I'm a really good fit there," Haliburton told ESPN. "I think I can obviously come in and make shots as well and be in the first unit or lead the second unit."

After sinking to the bottom of the NBA last season with Steph Curry and Klay Thompson recovering from injuries, the Warriors are set on reclaiming their rightful place atop the NBA. In order to do so, they'll need to build a complete roster around Curry, Thompson, Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins.

Finding a backup point guard who can shoot and play make is high atop the list. Haliburton checks both of those boxes.

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During his sophomore season at Iowa State, Haliburton averaged 16.6 points, seven assists and 6.4 rebounds per game while shooting 59.2 percent from the field and 41.9 percent from 3-point range. He also ranked fourth in the NCAA in catch-and-shoot efficiency. He posted a 3-to-1 assist to turnover ratio and was the only player in the NCAA to average 15 points, five rebounds and five assists while shooting 59 percent from 2-point range and 41 percent from 3.

The rangy guard also was great on the defensive end, posting impressive steal (2.5) and block (0.7) numbers.

While some question his ability to create his own offense, that won't be an issue with the Warriors, where he will be tasked with playing a complementary role to Curry and Thompson while improving his pull-up shooting and becoming a more physical defender.

Haliburton is seen as one of the safer options in the class, along with Deni Avdija, Isaac Okoro, Obi Toppin and Onyeka Okongwu.

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But the safe label isn't fair to the player Haliburton is, and can become, in the right situation.

"I do it in a different way," Haliburton told ESPN. "I don't take tough shots, I don't force bad things. I try to get the best looks at all times, and I think people aren't used to that. People are used to guys taking tough shots for no reason at times."

The Warriors are in need of wings, another big and a secondary ball-handler who can initiate the offense when Curry is on the bench, something Golden State has been looking for since losing Shaun Livingston and Andre Iguodala.

Many see Haliburton as a mid-lottery pick, one the Warriors likely would need to trade down to feel comfortable drafting. But if Bob Myers and Steve Kerr see a high IQ guard who can knock down open jump shots, defend and make plays, they might as well pull the trigger at No. 2 if no deal can be struck.

Haliburton seems like exactly the type of player they've been looking for.