During his short time with the Sacramento Kings, Tyrese Haliburton was thought to be the next star in town and a sidekick to De’Aaron Fox, with this dynamic duo potentially having a bright future ahead.
However, the franchise had other ideas, with the team wanting to win now and willing to sacrifice their best young player by trading Haliburton and sharpshooter Buddy Hield to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for talented big man Domantas Sabonis.
Even though the trade was initially heavily criticized as it seemed bad for both teams, it turned out to be the complete opposite, with Indiana getting a star to build around and Sacramento able to compete right away with a proven big in the paint.
At this point, the Pacers look like they may have won the trade, as Haliburton is quickly turning into a superstar player in this league while leading Indiana to wins on a nightly basis.
The young guard recently talked about coming to the Pacers and how his first year with the team was the most fun he’s had in the NBA thus far, via “The Old Man & The Three” podcast.
— TheOldMan&TheThree (@OldManAndThree) November 15, 2023
At 7-4, the Pacers are looking more and more like a legitimate force to be reckoned with in the Eastern Conference this season, especially considering the fact that Haliburton is currently playing out of his mind right now.
The Iowa State product is averaging 24.7 points, 12.5 assists (1st in the NBA), and 4.2 rebounds per game, shooting 52.8% from the floor and 43.6% from beyond the arc.NEXT: Tyrese Haliburton Could Post Historic Numbers This Season