Haliburton was relatively underrated in college, but coming in to the draft many analysts had him going around pick five to ten. The Iowa State guard was averaging 15 points 6.5 assists 6 rebounds and 2.5 steals in college. These are not crazy number at first glance but a lot of NBA teams are going to be disappointed they passed on him. Haliburton, surprisingly, ended up falling to the Kings at the 12th pick. Going into the season I was not sure if this was the right fit because Sacramento already had its point guard of the future in De'Aaron Fox and had Buddy Hield at shooting guard under contract for 4 more years making over 20 million a year. I thought there may have been a team where he could have fit better but after watching the first two months of the season I realized this guy could fit perfectly on any team. I have seen him make some incredibly high IQ plays this season on the offensive and especially the defensive end.
This play is genius not only for a rookie but for an NBA veteran it would be a great play. He knew him and Richaun Holmes would not be able to get around that screen and he did not want Jaylen Brown to have a wide open three. He decided to foul the screener, Grant Williams, who is shooting 51.7% from the free throw line this year. This play ended up pretty much winning them the game.
This guy just knows how to play, he may not have started the season with the playing time he deserves but he earned it. Haliburton is big reason why the Kings are fighting for an 8th seed early in the season.