Tyrese Haliburton existed for the taking when the Knicks got on the clock with the No. 8 choice in November’s NBA draft.
Leon Rose and Co. rather decided for another moving possibility, Obi Toppin, however Haliburton provided a close-up view of what the Knicks passed on Friday night.
The point player from Iowa State supplied a stimulate off the bench with 16 points and struck a dagger 3 late to sink the Knicks’ return hopes as the Kings took out a 103-94 win at Golden 1 Center.
Haliburton, who ended up being the No. 12 choice by the Kings, was likewise active defensively, ending up the night with 4 blocks, 2 takes and 5 rebounds while shooting 7 of 13 from the field with 2 helps and 3 turnovers in 31 minutes.
“I guess it fueled me personally,” Haliburton stated with a smile after the video game when asked if playing the Knicks included any inspiration. “But I enjoy it here. I’m delighted I moved to 12. … It’s not tough sensations or absolutely nothing, it is what it is. It’s an organization, I don’t care.
“My job is to make them think about that when they go to sleep. So I’m just going to go out there and be the best player I can be. I’m not that big into that [motivation].”
Haliburton scored 11 points in the 2nd quarter alone, flaunting a capability to get to the rim, however his most significant shot can be found in the 4th quarter. Shortly after the Knicks had actually worked to cut a 10-point deficit to 2, he drained his 2nd 3-pointer of the night to put the Kings ahead 96-87 with 2:35 to go.
“He finds a way to make winning plays,” Kings coach Luke Walton stated. “He makes a fair share of mistakes as well for being a young player, but he finds a way and he plays with a confidence that’s contagious. It really makes it enjoyable to be out there on the court with him.”
Haliburton’s effect was felt on a night when Toppin and Immanuel Quickley, the point player the Knicks wound up getting with the No. 25 choice, had quieter efficiencies. Quickley, in specific, has actually opened eyes early in the season however he and Toppin integrated for simply 14 points Friday night.
Haliburton, on the other hand, got in the night balancing 11.1 points and 5.1 helps per video game while shooting half from the field and 49.2 percent from beyond the arc.
“Very good young player,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau stated prior to the video game. “The thing I like about Haliburton is the versatility. He’s both good with the ball and can play off the ball.”