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Royal Reading: Tyrese Haliburton among six rookies ESPN lists as future top-100 player

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The Sacramento Kings got the steal of the 2020 NBA Draft when Iowa State’s Tyrese Haliburton fell to them at the No. 12 position. General manager Monte McNair walked away with a player who was widely regarded as one of the top five prospects available.

ESPN is high on Haliburton as well, listing the 20-year-old among six rookies who are most likely to crack the top-100 players list.

“Haliburton’s projected usage rate of 12.2% is the lowest ever for an incoming rookie with a WARP projection of at least 3.5. Haliburton is at his best with other shot-creators in the lineup, as his shortcomings are more glaring when he’s asked to generate the majority of the offense. So long as he’s given enough playing time alongside Fox in the starting lineup while manning backup point guard duties, I’d expect Haliburton to shine as a spot-up shooter, ball-mover, pick-and-roll facilitator and transition creator.

Teams will likely target him on the defensive end of the floor given his slight frame, but he’s a brilliant off-ball defender and an outstanding positional rebounder. Haliburton should remain an advanced analytics darling with a monster true shooting percentage plus high steal and block rates, earning him real consideration in the top 100 next year.”

Haliburton should be an immediate contributor for Sacramento, especially since McNair let Bogdan Bogdanovic go in free agency. Haliburton will compete with Buddy Hield, Harrison Barnes and Glenn Robinson III for minutes at the wing position.

Haliburton’s game looks to be an ideal fit next to star point guard De’Aaron Fox. He connected on 42.6% of his 3-point attempts in college and should grow into being a solid defender at the NBA level.

It’s going to be fun seeing how Haliburton develops throughout the season. The 2020 draft class lacks star power, but it is considered to be deep. Haliburton could develop into the best player from the class and certainly can be in the running for the NBA’s Rookie of the Year Award.

How do you think Haliburton will do during his rookie season?


On to some links:

Fox will be the face of the franchise for many seasons to come. The point guard says the Kings are extremely happy to be together at training camp. (Kings.com)

This Sacramento team should look different on the offensive end this season. McNair and head coach Luke Walton are helping the team forge a new identity. (Sac Bee)

Jabari Parker has been a pleasant surprise for the Kings. Jason Jones of The Athletic says the former No. 2 overall pick is impressing early in training camp.